About this time last year, lobbyists, politicians, and the media waited for the final verdict from the South Carolina Legislature regarding the Educational Credit for Exceptional Needs Children (ECENC). Known as Proviso 1.85, ECENC would pave the way for students with exceptional needs who qualified for an IEP to receive grants of up to $10,000 for a private school tuition. Patched together by a network of organizations including the Educational Oversight Committee, the South Carolina Department of Revenue, and county school districts, the ECENC opportunity was a blessing to a number of families across South Carolina.
Within the next few weeks, the ECENC opportunity will find its way through the South Carolina legislature, again as a proviso. Should it be approved, the program will be extended for another year. Independent Ed (www.independented.org) has worked diligently behind the scenes to connect politicians, public schools, private schools, and families. Families interested in learning more about the status of the proviso and its future are encouraged to reach out to the staff at Independent Ed.
Visitors to IndependentEd.org can also find details about eligibility requirements to receive a grant, the schools approved to participate in the ECENC program, as well as the scholarship funding organizations that provide grants to students. Two such organizations currently exist to serve students attending independent schools like Trident Academy: Palmetto Kids FIRST and D.E.S.K. Questions about the scholarship funding organizations can be best answered by the organizations themselves.
On behalf of the families who have received such generous grants, Trident Academy extends its gratitude to everyone who has made this program a reality.