South Carolina Lawmakers Fighting for Families and Students to Have More Educational Options

South Carolina Lawmakers Fighting for Families and Students to Have More Educational Options

May 11, 2017

South Carolina families and students deserve the opportunity to choose the best educational fit for their unique needs.

Dozens of South Carolina lawmakers are fighting for that right.

This week, Rep. Shannon Erickson and nearly 40 co-sponsors introduced House Bill 4308, a measure that would allow eligible families to receive the state funds already allocated for their children’s education in the form of a special account they can use to tailor an education for their specific needs.

H 4308, also known as the Equal Opportunity Education Scholarship Account (ESA) Act, is the companion of Senate Bill 622, which was filed earlier this year by Senate Majority Leader Shane Massey and 10 co-sponsors.

States around the country are taking advantage of ESA programs as an innovative way to bring customization to K-12 education. With an ESA, parents can direct education funding for their child to the schools, courses, programs and services of their choice.

The proposals in South Carolina would provide ESAs to eligible students currently enrolled in public schools, including children from low-income, military or foster families, children with specific special needs and children who are homeless.

“When families and students have more educational options, those students are better prepared for success in school, careers and life. We appreciate the leadership of Representative Shannon Erickson, Senator Shane Massey and all policymakers who are fighting every day on behalf of South Carolina students. We look forward to working with state leaders this year and into 2018.” – J. Alex Kelly, ExcelinEd in Action National Legislative Director

A broad coalition of partners is supporting the bill, including the Palmetto Promise Institute, the Palmetto Family Council, the My SC Education Coalition, the American Federation for Children, EdChoice, the Goldwater Institute and ExcelinEd in Action.