Independent schools scale first legal hurdle in athletics rules discrimination case

June 24, 2020

On Monday, June 22, a Richland County judge ruled in favor of independent schools across the state who sued the South Carolina High School League (SCHSL) over new rules that would limit the athletic participation of public charter and private school students. Palmetto Promise has been supportive of these plaintiff families, providing coverage and analysis

And Then There Were Eleven

June 23, 2020

There were eleven primaries decided tonight in runoffs that were forced due to the failure of any candidate to receive 50%+1 two weeks ago. It is difficult to have an ear to the ground in eleven campaigns, but here are a few broad observations on five of them. Dateline: Grand Strand. Beach Brawl Over. Incumbent Senator

A Post-COVID Credo

June 22, 2020

We’re honored to have Dr. Marcelo Hochman of Charleston join Palmetto Promise Institute as a Visiting Fellow, specializing in Healthcare policy. In this first article, Dr. Hochman issues a healthcare wakeup call, demanding that the political world focus on the patient-doctor relationship, the only relationship on which we should base policy decisions.  cre·do (origin: Latin,

A path forward for healthcare equity

June 20, 2020

Following the murder of George Floyd, the issue of race in American culture has reached a new boiling point in civic and political life. In response, the Charleston County Medical Society (CCMS) under the leadership of its President, Dr. Marcelo Hochman, took stock of its history and issued a restatement of its beliefs about race

For a full COVID-19 recovery, South Carolina must maintain and expand education choices

June 15, 2020

Because of regular tracking by professional monitors of state spending, both in government and in the media, the impact of COVID-19 on public education budgets is coming into focus. It is now clear that even with federal support, states and school districts will be scrambling to meet current emergency needs while also preparing for anticipated

SC Primary Day 2020 is in the books

June 10, 2020

Yesterday was Democratic and Republican Primary day in South Carolina. We’ve seen the vote counts, but what do they actually mean? Here are a few thoughts to put it all in perspective. View complete results from yesterday’s primary here. There was a bit of a ho-hum factor for sure. It wasn’t a Presidential Primary, and Governor

Protect SC businesses and employees from predatory COVID lawsuits

Jobs & Economy
June 5, 2020

Businesses in South Carolina are slowly reopening, but optimism about a post-Great Suppression economic revival is being dampened by businesses afraid of being sued into bankruptcy should someone get sick and “dial all 9’s” (or some other trial lawyer of choice). Although South Carolina’s businesses have been fighting for years to reform the tort system,