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

South Carolina Legislature convenes Tuesday; McMaster’s state of the state address Wednesday

Blog · January 11, 2021

PPI President and CEO Ellen Weaver is quoted in Center Square regarding PPI’s priorities for the 2021 legislative session. (The Center Square) – South Carolina lawmakers will return to Columbia on Tuesday to begin the 2021 legislative session, and more than 800 pieces of legislation already have been filed for the General Assembly to consider.

Op-Ed: The Cares Act Creates an Opportunity for School Choice…But South Carolina’s public-education lobby is attempting to block need-based scholarships.

Blog · August 7, 2020

This op-ed originally appeared in the Wall Street Journal. Elizabeth Reilly was preparing for a hard conversation with her children. She couldn’t afford to keep them in the private school they had always attended. The Reillys had worked hard and relied on family help to keep their two children—who each face learning challenges—in the school that

McMaster’s school-choice grants program heads to South Carolina Supreme Court

News · August 5, 2020

PPI President and CEO Ellen Weaver is mentioned in top story article by The Center Square regarding SAFE grants The South Carolina Supreme Court will hear arguments on the constitutionality of Gov. Henry McMaster’s Safe Access to Flexible Education (SAFE) school-choice program. Opponents of the SAFE grant program filed a new lawsuit Tuesday evening and asked the