South Carolina on Brink of Expanding School Choice Program

Published November 1, 2017

South Carolina has a new leader at the helm of its private school choice program, and people are speculating he could make the program much more expansive:

Efforts to expand private-school choice in South Carolina are about to ramp up.

Chad Connelly has been named executive director of Exceptional SC, a nonprofit created by the state GOP-controlled Legislature to run the state’s private-school choice program. That nonprofit raises money to give tuition grants to children with disabilities so they can attend private schools.

Connelly, a former S.C. Republican Party chairman and faith outreach director for the national GOP, has been hired to push for the program’s expansion, according to a news release from the nonprofit.

“Connelly’s national reputation in both political and alternative educational circles makes his selection a crucial next step in Exceptional SC’s efforts to expand the state’s scholarship program from $11 million to $25 million during the coming legislative session,” the statement said.

No doubt it will be an uphill battle for Connelly, but luckily for him there are more parents than members of teachers unions.



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