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

Education
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.

An Education Freedom Agenda for 2021

Education
Blog · January 8, 2021

Effective Education for Every Student These 19 recommendations are drawn from the Palmetto Promise Playbook report. You can view our 2021 policy agenda for other issues by clicking below. Energy  | Healthcare | Tax & Budget | Work, Justice, & Quality of Life EXPAND EDUCATION CHOICE Adopt an Education Scholarship Account (ESA) law that will provide

Meet Janie Neeley: Mom, Teacher, Advocate

Education
Blog · September 28, 2020

“SAFE Grants have created the opportunity for our family and families like ours to truly have school choice, give our children the chance to succeed and give us the ability to fully support their learning needs.” Columbia, SC “I have three children. My oldest is 23. She chose to commission into the army and she’s

Students with special needs being left behind with virtual learning, SC parents say

Education
Blog · September 23, 2020

“The public-school district was looking at four to six hours in front of a computer for virtual learning. Developmentally, that’s just not appropriate for a four-year-old with Down syndrome.” Janie Neeley has a four-year-old son with Down Syndrome. In late Spring, she decided to enroll her son in K4 at their local public elementary school

550+ SC Parents speak out on need for SAFE Grants

Education
Blog · September 16, 2020

Public policy work can never be ho-hum, when you realize that it’s all about making people’s lives better! That’s why we’ve dedicated ourselves to sharing the stories of real people and promoting policy solutions that provide real relief for our South Carolina neighbors. Amid the Coronavirus fallout, there is no better example of impactful, common sense policy than SAFE Grants, which would open up new education hope for struggling low- and moderate-income families. These grants would provide qualified families with the financial support they

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.

Education
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