Posted January 29, 2020

Video: Limitless Lila

This article was first published on When Mark and Padgett Mozingo found out their daughter Lila had Down syndrome, they were consistently told what she couldn’t do. Some even told Padgett that she shouldn’t go through with the pregnancy. But they decided Lila was “limitless” and work hard… Read More
Posted January 9, 2020

Video: Are South Carolina schools underfunded?

This article was first published on South Carolina spends the third most per pupil of all ‘deep south’ states – way more than Florida and Mississippi. But South Carolina is dramatically behind Florida and Mississippi in academic scores and in reading. It begs the question: how are we… Read More
Posted December 18, 2019

Video: Growing Up Great

This article was first published on Second Baptist Christian Preparatory School (SBC Prep) has been serving students in Aiken, South Carolina with excellence for over 20 years. Dr. Shaunette Parker–mother, educator, and SBC Prep board chair–discusses the need for education freedom and how the school has shaped her… Read More
Posted December 6, 2019

A gamechanger for South Carolina students

This article was first published on Yesterday, a S.C. Senate Education Subcommittee resumed public testimony on S.556, a bill to create Equal Opportunity Education Scholarship Accounts (ESAs). Parents, pastors, principals, and both local and national education policy experts testified about the practical way ESAs could transform educational opportunities for… Read More
Posted November 8, 2019

Thank God for… South Carolina?

This article was first published on When you type the words “thank god” into Google, several pre-populated suggestions for your search pop up, such as “thank god for another day” or “thank god for you,” but also on that list is… “thank God for Mississippi.” That phrase… Read More
Posted October 1, 2019

Fixing South Carolina’s Education Finance Foundation

This article was first published on “South Carolina’s educational funding scheme is a fractured formula denying students…constitutionally required opportunity.” – South Carolina Supreme Court PROBLEM 1: South Carolina’s overall academic performance is poor…and falling below Mississippi. South Carolina is at—or near—the bottom of every major national ranking of education outcomes. In 2017-18, 2/3rds… Read More
Posted August 23, 2019

Debunking the myths surrounding education choice

This article was first published on Download this report.  Earlier this month, the online opinion journal EducationNext rolled out the results of its annual poll on issues in American education. We always anticipate this nonpartisan survey because it provides a window into the minds of the general public… Read More
Posted August 15, 2019

South Carolina’s disabled students

This article was first published on Dropping test scores for students with disabilities cast another shadow on South Carolina’s education system. The National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP), otherwise known as The Nation’s Report Card, reveals that education outcomes for South Carolina’s special needs students have worsened considerably… Read More
Posted July 26, 2019

An “education moonshot”

This article was first published on This week, I was honored to be invited to speak to the Downtown Aiken Rotary, one of the oldest and largest clubs in the state. Education was front and center. My mission: to pack this massive (and massively important) issue into a… Read More
Posted July 19, 2019

Education report card: South Carolina vs. neighbors

This article was first published on South Carolina continues to sink below our southeastern neighbors in education outcomes. On almost every indicator, data shows that South Carolina is behind the curve. In light of that, Palmetto Promise has done some digging to look at how… Read More