COMMENTARY: In God We Trust, All Others Bring Evidence

Blog · March 17, 2021

Proposals in the South Carolina Legislature to give families more opportunities to choose schools and educational settings for their children have come under fire, including in a recent newspaper column by College of Charleston professor Kendall Deas. Professor Deas was critical of Senator Tim Scott’s support of empowering families to make more educational decisions for their children. The actual evidence indicates that Senator Scott’s ideas are what will improve educational outcomes for all children, whereas Deas’ ideas have been tried for decades—and have failed.

PPI Urges Senator Graham, U.S. Supreme Court to Protect First Amendment Rights of Donors

Quality of Life
Blog · March 7, 2021

There are plenty of reasons to oppose the Pelosi-Schumer H.R. 1/S. 1 tag team, the deceptively named “For the People Act” currently making its way through the U.S. Congress. Our friends at the Public Interest Legal Foundation lay out a laundry list of DC power grabs related to election integrity, state control of election procedures,

Mobile Barbershops Legislation Passes Committee, Moves to House Floor

Quality of Life
Blog · March 4, 2021

South Carolina could be on the “cutting edge,” says Rep. Pat Henegan, of a new innovation in the world of barbering. On Wednesday, March 3, 2021, the Medical, Municipal and Military Affairs (“3M”) Committee of the South Carolina House sent H.3024 to the floor in a unanimous vote. The committee’s approval was a huge step

COVID Liability Protection Passes South Carolina Senate

Quality of Life
Blog · February 25, 2021

On February 25, 2021, the South Carolina Senate passed a bill to protect SC business from predatory COVID-related lawsuits. Just last month, Governor McMaster delivered his State of the State address, outlining South Carolina’s 2021 policy priorities. In that speech, the Governor touted 7 of the 10 recommendations in Palmetto Promise’s 2021 Freedom Agenda, a common-sense,

The Story of Mary McLeod Bethune, an Education Trailblazer

Blog · February 12, 2021

Born in South Carolina in 1875, education pioneer Mary McLeod Bethune's understanding was limited to her life experience of being a daughter to former slaves and picking cotton with her family...until she picked up her first book and her life changed forever. Now, her legacy is inspiring the next generation in the fight to ensure that all South Carolina children—no matter what kind of house they live in or the color of their skin—have access to the education option that helps them reach their full, individual God-given potential.

SC lawmakers considering bill that would require high-stakes testing this spring

Blog · January 20, 2021

PPI Senior Fellow Oran Smith appears in this news story from WSPA. COLUMBIA, SC (WSPA) — As teachers and students continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic in South Carolina, many are wondering how the pandemic has impacted academic performance. Last year, South Carolina received a waiver from the federal government for standardized testing due to