SC Homeschool Accountability Groups Report Surge in Homeschooling

Education
July 10, 2020

As politicians and education leaders debate what education will look like in the fall, many South Carolina families who have not homeschooled in the past have taken the bold step of opting out of the public school system entirely, and choosing to educate their children at home. Palmetto Promise Institute reached out to homeschooling accountability

Some Key Takeaways from SC Senate Hearing on Fall School Re-opening

Education
July 10, 2020

On Wednesday, a Senate Legislative Oversight Subcommittee met to discuss and hear from experts on reopening schools in the Fall. Of particular interest to Senators: how we can reach the over 10,000 South Carolina students that are unaccounted for since the start of the pandemic. Back in late May, Palmetto Promise examined the variables surrounding

Palmetto Promise calls on Congress to make sensible decisions amid COVID pandemic

Jobs & Economy
July 6, 2020

As “stimulus” legislation flew through Congress with band-aids intended to address looming unemployment and general economic devastation, Palmetto Promise Institute along with partner organizations from across the country kept a keen eye on the details of federal legislation. PPI signed onto several joint letters, calling for the passage or blocking of various bills and initiatives.

PALMETTO PROMISE INSTITUTE HELPS ROLL BACK CERTIFICATE OF NEED REQUIREMENTS IN SOUTH CAROLINA

Healthcare
June 25, 2020

Atlas Network highlighted work done by PPI to suspend South Carolina’s Certificate of Need laws at the beginning of the Covid-19 outbreak. You can read our initial post about this here. This article originally appeared on Atlas Network’s website.  Executive Order No. 2020-11, section 4, which temporarily suspends Certificate of Need requirements for hospital beds in South

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,

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

Education
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

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,

Critics of ‘Certificate of Need’ regulations say COVID-19 pandemic shows why it needs to be repealed

Healthcare
June 1, 2020

PPI Senior Fellow Oran Smith was interviewed by WIS News 10 regarding the potential for a full repeal of CON laws in light of COVID-19 and action taken by Governor McMaster. PPI Visiting Fellow Dr. Marcelo Hochman was also interviewed. This article, and accompanying video, originally appeared on WIS News 10. Written by Jason Raven.  Dr.

Will South Carolina Learn COVID’s Tax & Budget Lessons?

Tax & Budget
May 27, 2020

As South Carolina budget writers continue to warily watch COVID-19’s impact on state revenue projections, what better time to take a look at how South Carolina generates tax revenue. Tax economists generally advocate for a “3-legged” stool of taxation, a balanced combination of income, consumption (sales), and property taxes, to create revenue stability across the

Learning from example: When should South Carolina’s schools re-open?

Education
May 21, 2020

As South Carolina deliberates over an array of options for how and when to get students physically back in school without further loss of academic progress, we have solid examples from other states and other countries on ways to open schools safely. South Carolina’s AccelerateEd task force has floated the possibility of opening schools as