Action by a federal court would have the effect of restoring eligibility for federal COVID relief funds to students in denominationally-supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), other faith-based colleges, and religiously-affiliated K-12 independent schools.
This year, a bill to create Education Scholarship Accounts (ESAs) has been introduced by Speaker Jay Lucas and over 60 of his colleagues in the South Carolina House. ESAs allow state education funds to follow students of families who make up to 200% of the federal poverty level to the education providers of their choice.
Over the last year, South Carolina’s traditional public school districts have lost nearly 30,000 students according to the most recent student counts released by the SC Department of Education. Where are those students going? Palmetto Promise collected and analyzed enrollment data across all forms of schooling in South Carolina and found significant increases in options outside of traditional public schools.
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