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February 29, 2024

Universal School Choice is Coming!

Have you heard the news? South Carolina is on its way to universal school choice! Like we said after the full repeal of South Carolina’s restrictive Certificate of Need law, it is time to say goodbye to incrementalism! We wrote then that, “if the South Carolina legislature is willing to listen to citizens and patients
February 6, 2024

Victory for Healthcare Freedom – Telehealth Bill Sent to Governor’s Desk!

We have another Freedom Agenda healthcare win to report! Healthcare in South Carolina just got a little freer and more accessible for South Carolinians on January 31 with the passage of H. 4159, the Telehealth and Telemedicine Modernization Act!
February 1, 2024

SC House Making Progress on Judicial Reform

This week, the South Carolina House of Representatives took a substantial step toward judicial reform in the Palmetto State.
January 30, 2024

South Carolina education scholarships open

Palmetto Promise President Wendy Damron is quoted in this article from The Center Square on South Carolina’s new ESA program. (The Center Square) — South Carolina is accepting applications for a new education scholarship that proponents say is the future of education in the state. Last year, state lawmakers passed S.39, the Educational Scholarship Trust Fund,
January 25, 2024

McMaster State of the State Touches on Palmetto Promise Priorities

PHOTO CREDIT: SC DAILY GAZETTE Governor Henry McMaster delivered his annual State of the State address last night to the South Carolina General Assembly. Palmetto Promise was thrilled to hear McMaster hammer home a number of the issues we have historically championed. You can read the whole address here, but to save you that trouble,
November 16, 2023

Common Questions About Education Scholarship Accounts (ESAs)

What is an ESA?ESAs allow parents to apply for eligible students to receive the state portion of education funds (or in the South Carolina case, a portion of state general funds) into a personal, parent-controlled account. Parents are then empowered to customize an education experience that meets the individual needs of their child, using their
November 14, 2023

The Gaslighting of South Carolina Parents

Do you know the origin of the term “gaslighting”? The act of “gaslighting” was made famous by the MGM film of that title starring Ingrid Bergman and Charles Boyer (1944). Bergman won an Oscar for her role.* The husband-villain in the film (Gregory Anton portrayed by Boyer) plots to steal the estate of his loving
November 14, 2023

BREAKING: Proposed Library Regulation Passes

On September 28, the State Department of Education (SCDE) published a draft of a “new regulation that addresses school and classroom library materials.” Because it is a state regulation, it is lengthy, but here’s the bottom line. The regulation proposed by the State Department of Education establishes a complaint process and an orderly system for
November 8, 2023

General Election Results 2023 (Local)

This was an off-cycle election, so there were no Presidents, Governors, or US Senators on the ballot in South Carolina, but there were a number of interesting local questions decided. SCHOOL BOARDS School boards across the state have seen turnover in recent election cycles. This was most pronounced in Charleston County, where due to a
November 1, 2023

The NEA Sues South Carolina: Does Their Tillman Constitution Claim Have Merit?

Last week, the National Education Association (The NEA/The SCEA) and others announced that they had filed suit against the State Department of Education, State Education Superintendent Ellen Weaver, State Treasurer Curtis Loftis, and the State Treasurer’s Office. Their target? The fledging Education Scholarship Account (ESA) program passed by the legislature in 2023 that would allow