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June 12, 2024

Complete Statewide 2024 South Carolina Primary Election Results

[Last Updated 3:15 am Wednesday] South Carolina voters went to the polls on Tuesday to select hundreds of nominees for their Congressional and General Assembly representatives. Every single Statehouse seat (both Senate and House) is on the ballot in November, and many of these seats had primary contests this week. We’ve compiled a complete list
June 5, 2024

Education Reforms You May Have Missed in the 2023-24 Legislative Session

The 125th South Carolina General Assembly has made quite the impact in our state, from repealing CON to enacting our state’s first education scholarship account (ESA) program. Here at Palmetto Promise, we’ve talked a lot about the ESA bill and the tremendous impact it has for families across the state. More families than ever before
May 31, 2024

Superintendent Weaver Correct on Biden Title IX Regulation

How has SC Superintendent Weaver’s “wait and see” statement on the Biden Administration’s rewrite of Title IX fared in the 38 days since she issued it?
May 30, 2024

South Carolina Needs to Protect Free Speech With Anti-SLAPP Law

South Carolina is behind the times on free speech protections, particularly regarding protections from SLAPP lawsuits, also known as strategic lawsuits against public participation. These predatory lawsuits arise when one party levels privacy, defamation, or libel charges at individuals or advocacy groups with the intention to financially cripple them and scare them away from public
May 29, 2024

Introducing our 2024 Summer Fellows

One of the greatest honors we have here at Palmetto Promise Institute is getting the opportunity to work alongside talented young leaders through our internship program. Over the years, we have had an abundance of brilliant, hardworking interns, several of whom have gone on to full-time positions with Palmetto Promise, and all of whom are
May 24, 2024

Graphic: Just how high is that SC Individual Income Tax Rate?

Palmetto Promise Institute remains firm in our belief that when the Conference Committee working on the 2024-25 state budget faces the choice between cutting the state individual income tax rate and rebating a portion of the property tax, it should pick a permanent reduction in the individual income tax. This is looking more doable with
May 22, 2024

Palmetto Promise Awarded Heritage Foundation’s Innovation Prize

We are proud to share that Palmetto Promise Institute, along with our partners in North and South Carolina, have been awarded the Heritage Foundation’s 2024 Innovation Prize for our work on the Carolinas Academic Leadership Network (CALN). CALN aims to empower school board members throughout the Carolinas by honing their leadership skills in governance, professional development,
May 19, 2024

Commentary: History speaks clearly to SC health agency reforms

This column by Senior Fellow Dr. Oran Smith originally appeared in The Post and Courier May 19, 2024. Looking back over South Carolina’s civic life, most historians would agree that Carroll Campbell has been among our state’s most effective governors. It was Campbell, a Republican with a General Assembly that was 61% Democratic, who shepherded
May 17, 2024

Palmetto Promise Presents Corey DeAngelis: The Parent Revolution Book Tour

Come join us for an exciting event with school choice evangelist Corey DeAngelis as he embarks on the nationwide tour for his brand new book, The Parent Revolution.  WHEN: June 14, 2024 at 1pm (doors open at 12:30) WHERE: 1824 Barnwell Street Columbia, SC 29201 BOOK YOUR TICKET TODAY! This is a must-attend event for
May 15, 2024

Statement of Palmetto Promise Institute on the Education Scholarship Accounts Awarded

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MAY 15, 2024 COLUMBIA — This spring marked the first year of applications for South Carolina’s brand new Education Scholarship Account (ESA) program, the Education Scholarship Trust Fund. In the short two-month application window from January 15 to March 15, the South Carolina Department of Education received an astounding 7,907 applications for