The Artis Ware Center For Education Opportunity

Named to honor the inspiring legacy of U.S. Senator Tim Scott’s grandfather, The Artis Ware Center for Education Opportunity works to advance educational excellence and hope for every South Carolina child.
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June 17, 2024

Educated Citizens: 2023-24 Freedom Agenda in Review

Palmetto Promise Team

Now that the General Assembly has adjourned sine die, we are taking a look back at the 23 policies Palmetto Promise proposed in the 2023-24 Palmetto Freedom Agenda at the beginning of the legislative session. Did our Freedom Agenda policies make it into law? Or, at the very least, did they start a conversation that

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June 13, 2024

State Budget Needs to Extend ESA Application Window

Palmetto Promise Team

The General Assembly has a chance to bolster South Carolina’s fledgling ESA program in the 2024 Fiscal Year budget, currently being reviewed in Conference Committee. As you may recall, for the 2024-25 school year, the Education Scholarship Trust Fund program will allocate 5,000 $6,000 scholarships to low and moderate income families across the state to

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June 5, 2024

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

Felicity Ropp

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

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May 22, 2024

Palmetto Promise Awarded Heritage Foundation’s Innovation Prize

Palmetto Promise Team

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,

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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

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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

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May 7, 2024

One Step Closer to Education Transparency

Palmetto Promise Team

After a year of silence on the issue, the South Carolina General Assembly is finally taking steps to reconcile the House and Senate versions of the South Carolina Transparency and Integrity in Education Act (H.3728) and send it to the Governor to be signed into law. Palmetto Promise has advocated for this important legislation that

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May 6, 2024

Recruiting & Retaining South Carolina’s Teachers

Felicity Ropp

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, we’d like to draw attention to important legislation aimed at addressing South Carolina’s teacher shortage. South Carolina’s teacher shortage is one of the major problems facing education in our state. At the beginning of the 2023-24 school year, there were roughly 1,600 teacher vacancies statewide, a 9% increase from the previous

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May 3, 2024

REGISTER NOW: SC School Board Candidate and Community Primer

Learn more about our June 22 event with the Carolinas Academic Leadership Network. Whether you are a community member who wants to learn how to make a difference and find out what to look for in a good candidate, or a school board candidate who wants to run an effective campaign and fight for our public schools, this Primer is for you!