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"Parents must be empowered with their most fundamental responsibility - the right to choose what is best for their children. The responsibility of a parent cannot end at the schoolhouse door."
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Senate Subcommittee to take up H. 4894

The Senate is set to take up the School Choice Bill (H.4894)!Five Senators on a special Finance Subcommittee will serve as the “gatekeepers” for this popular, proven and long-overdue reform. These men need to hear from you right now.

Members of the subcommittee – a majority of whom have voted against school choice in the past- can block the bill from reaching a roll call vote on the floor. They need to hear from you right away.

Tell these lawmakers:

  • School choice is AFFORDABLE. These programs have saved all taxpayers money in other states, and do no harm to traditional public school budgets since most funding for K-12 education is not “tied” to the students.
  • School choice is ACCOUNTABLE, because independent schools answer directly to parents who can control where their children attend. Private schools across the state already use stricter standards and tougher testing than the public schools.
  • School choice is ALREADY WORKING in other states, where tens of thousands of low-income and special needs students are now attending the school of their family’s choosing.

1. Contact these lawmakers – tell them to pass the bill out of committee without amendment when they meet tomorrow morning (Wednesday, May 9) in the Gressette Building, Room 105 at 9:00am.

2. Submit a brief letter to the editor to the newspapers within their senate districts – remind them that school choice is affordable, accountable, and already changing lives in other states.

Senator Robert W. Hayes, Jr.
District 15, York County
Statehouse (803) 212-6410
District (803) 324-2800

Rock Hill Herald (
Enquirer-Herald (
Fort Mill Times (
Lake Wylie Pilot (

Senator Larry Grooms
District 37, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton & Dorchester Counties
Statehouse (803) 212-6400

Post and Courier (
Lowcountry Today (
Goose Creek Gazette (
Moultrie News (
Colleton Press and Standard (
Summerville Journal Scene (
Dorchester Eagle Record (

Senator David L. Thomas
District 8, Greenville County
Columbia (803) 212-6240
District (864) 271-6371

Greenville News (
The Journal Watchdog (
Tribune Times (
Times Examiner (
TR Monitor (
Greer Citizen (

Senator Phil P. Leventis
District 35, Lee & Sumter Counties
Columbia (803) 212-6000

Sumter Item (
Lee County Observer – 218 N Main St, Bishopville, SC 29010

Senator John W. Matthews, Jr
District 39, Bamberg, Colleton, Dorchester, Hampton & Orangeburg Counties
Columbia (803) 212-6056
District (803) 829-2383

Times and Democrat (
Bamberg Advertizer-Herald (
Colleton Press and Standard (
Hampton County Guardian (

School Choice Myths

If you have spent any time at all following the decade-old debate over school choice in South Carolina, then you have heard at least a few myths about school choice.

We have compiled an entire page dealing with “School Choice Myths” on this website, and encourage you to use it as a resource for your questions, or questions that others you know may have.

You can read our “Myths” page by clicking here.

Here’s an example of a frequently cited – but inaccurate – statement about why school choice is undesirable for South Carolina.

Myth: Public schools are accredited and accountable. Private schools aren’t.

First off, did you know that public schools are actually accredited by the state? Not all schools are districts have accreditation from 3rd party groups. In fact, only 38-85 public school districts in the state are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. State schools that fail to meet minimum standards can be kept on prolonged “probation,” instead of facing consequences for failure. The state is even able to waive the requirements for failing schools and districts.

According to Charles O’Malley, Executive Director of the National Council for Private School Accreditation, approximately 96% of all private school students attend schools that are accredited or evaluated by national, regional, or state private organizations. Many private schools subject themselves to dual accreditation procedures of government and private school agencies, while also having to satisfy their paying consumers.

Lawmakers Fighting for School Choice