Across the nation, an innovation known as Education Scholarship Accounts (ESA’s) is enjoying strong, bipartisan, legislative, parental and taxpayer support. Why? Because with ESA’s, a basic principle of fairness and freedom is achieved: state-appropriated education dollars follow the child.
The guiding principle of the choice movement is that parents – not bureaucracies — are most qualified to pick the right learning environment. Because of that belief, we celebrate all great schools and all great teachers.
South Carolina continues to sink below our southeastern neighbors in education outcomes. On almost every indicator, data shows that South Carolina is behind the curve. In light of that, Palmetto Promise has done some digging to look at how South Carolina really stacks up to our neighboring states on education innovation and performance. We’ve assigned 1-4 rankings
Base Student Cost provided 58% of state aid to school districts. It now provides only about 38% of state funding.
Per pupil expenditures are high while performance is poor. Teacher compensation is flat while administrative spending is high and growing.
A large body of research conducted over twenty years shows that private edu- cation choice programs have had an overwhelmingly positive impact on private program participants and public schools. According to 100 rigorous academic studies, here are the specific effects of private school choice.
SC must focus on preparing its students for the 21st century.
This bill (H.3972) creates a statewide, comprehensive, dynamic online course catalog from which all South Carolina students can choose.
Senate Majority Leader Shane Massey and Representative Shannon Erickson have filed legislation (S.523 and H.3681) that, if passed, would create “Equal Opportunity Education Scholarship Accounts” (EOESAs) for South Carolina students.