Posted June 30, 2020

A Landmark Win for Education Freedom

This article was first published on On Tuesday, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) released its opinion in the matter of Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue. Based on our tracking of this case over two years, Palmetto Promise felt confident of a straight up win on the merits,… Read More
Posted June 24, 2020

Independent schools scale first legal hurdle in athletics rules discrimination case

This article was first published on On Monday, June 22, a Richland County judge ruled in favor of independent schools across the state who sued the South Carolina High School League (SCHSL) over new rules that would limit the athletic participation of public charter and private school students. Palmetto… Read More
Posted June 15, 2020

For a full COVID-19 recovery, South Carolina must maintain and expand education choices

This article was first published on Because of regular tracking by professional monitors of state spending, both in government and in the media, the impact of COVID-19 on public education budgets is coming into focus. It is now clear that even with federal support, states and school districts… Read More
Posted May 13, 2020

Letter: PPI Joins Groups Calling for COVID-19 Relief for Private Schools

This article was first published on Palmetto Promise signed onto a letter to Capitol Hill calling on lawmakers to give COVID relief to private schools. Some of the requests in the letter include:  “Temporary education tax credit.” Families paying private school tuition for the 2019 and 2020 tax years should… Read More
Posted May 11, 2020

COVID-19 Impact Survey: SC Independent Schools

This article was first published on Palmetto Promise Institute surveyed South Carolina’s independent schools to learn how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected them and how they have responded. You can view detailed survey results by clicking here. Here are a few of the survey’s findings: Participation Rate… Read More
Posted April 27, 2020

South Carolina Athletics League declares war on private and charter school kids

This article was first published on The NFL draft kicked off last week. The most dedicated of sports fans had that date circled for some time. Commissioner Roger Goodell, safely in his New York condo this year, announced each American professional football… Read More
Posted April 22, 2020

Homeschooling and Ignorance: Harvard professor faces swift backlash after calling for homeschool ban

This article was first published on One thing you might not expect from Harvard Law School is ignorance. But that is exactly what we got in “The Risks of Homeschooling” published in the most recent Harvard magazine. All of the old 1980s (1970s?) home education tropes are trotted out: science-hating fundamentalism,… Read More
Posted April 21, 2020

South Carolina private schools uniquely impacted by COVID-19, could help be on the way?

This article was first published on It would be an understatement to say that COVID-19 has disrupted the education of South Carolina’s children. Parents and students alike have had to adjust to the new normal of learning from home, and teachers and school administrators have scrambled to provide… Read More
Posted March 18, 2020

Free resources for at-home learning during school closures

This article was first published on Learning from home, especially in this time of uncertainty, is a unexpected challenge for many families and teachers. But working together, we can keep our students safe, continue their education journey…and hopefully have some fun along the way! The resources provided on… Read More
Posted March 4, 2020

Evidence from Florida: Education choice works

This article was first published on In 1998, South Carolina students led Florida students in performance on a number of national tests, including the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), known as “The Nation’s Report Card.” But over the last decade, Florida far surpassed South Carolina in K-12… Read More