Anti-ESA Lawsuit Filed

October 27, 2023

Statement of Palmetto Promise Institute

Eidson v. South Carolina Department of Education

October 26, 2023

“The Education Scholarship Trust Fund Act (Act 8), passed by a bipartisan majority of the General Assembly and signed by the Governor, is clearly constitutional.

State aid in the ESTF is directed to students, not schools (or to the wide range of other education service providers available to parents in the ESTF).

The state aid mechanism of ESTF is similar to existing constitutional state programs that support students attending private higher education institutions (Tuition Grants) and pre-kindergarten (First Steps).

All students from pre-kindergarten through college, particularly those of low and moderate income, deserve the right to enjoy private education options where public options may not fit their needs.”