One Final Item
We are aware that some parents and even some schools have received some
confusing disinformation from now non-existent programs. We can only think it
is intentional. One example is this – someone is posting on social media that the
national organization ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) has rated
Exceptional SC an "F".
This is not true. The "F" is not a grade for Exceptional SC. Rather, it is for the size/level of all state school/parental choice programs,
and whether the state has an Educational Savings Account or not.
Here is how ALEC
explains their grading on school/parental choice.
ALEC has chosen to
address three main policy decisions that impact the success of
any choice program: a program’s size and scope, purchasing
power in the educational marketplace, and flexibility and
Some states with
long-standing school choice programs may be surprised to discover their lower
scores, but after more than two decades, it is time for the educational choice
movement to set its sights higher, and to aim for broad-based, useful, and
successful programs...states with ESA programs were given extra points,
partially to offset the inappropriateness of the school participation metric to
evaluate programs that are supposed to move beyond school choice to educational
choice, offering parents the ability to completely customize their children’s
educations beyond the classroom environment. Research has shown that ESAs
generally impose the lowest regulatory burden on participating providers,
followed by tax credit scholarship programs, with vouchers bringing up the
As we’ve said in this and previous emails, Exceptional SC is South Carolina’s ONLY exceptional needs scholarship program. Any information about this important program for your child will be coming directly from… and only from… Exceptional SC.
Have a GREAT weekend! See y’all soon!