In this update:

House Committee Votes to Raise the Cap
Legislative Visits
One-Time Scholarship Awards


January 25, 2019


SC House Committee Votes to Raise the Cap


We packed the room. You shared your stories. The representatives listened and voted to raise the cap for SC’s only exceptional needs scholarship program. You will be amazed.

Read exactly how high they voted to raise the cap in the full story


A Big Thanks

We wanted to take this opportunity to thank Exceptional SC Board Member Betsy Fanning, the Head of School of Trident Academy in Mt Pleasant, SC, for hosting a Legislative Reception Day at the school in December.

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Read more and see photos from the visit.


Need Information?

Other organizations, including the Education Oversight Committee and the Department of Revenue, have contacted us about calls they have received about scholarships, tax credits, and the like. 

Please know that ALL information regarding scholarship awards and tax credits go through our office. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please email




Our next legislative reception is Monday, January 28th at 2pm at Sheila E Academy in Sumter. If you’re in the Sumter area, please come and share your story with legislators from the area.

For those of you in the Greenville area, we will be hosting a legislative reception in your area on February 22nd at Camperdown Academy.


New One-Time Scholarship Awards

Last month, we were able to distribute a one-time partial scholarship to the more than 650 newly enrolled applicants we had this year. All of those one-time student awards have been sent to the schools. We will be opening the 2019-2020 school year’s application this spring and will send out more information on the dates and details soon.


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 freedom. 

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 rear.  

As we’ve said in this and previous emails, Exceptional SC is South Carolinas 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!

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