Last week, Trident Academy began welcoming local legislators to campus so that they might see first-hand, the benefit of the Educational Credit for Exceptional Needs Children (ECENC) Proviso for students such as ours. Over the past few years, this program has been a lifeline for families whose children require the skills and expertise Trident Academy provides in order to embrace learning and flourish. Under the parameters of the proviso, Trident Academy is designated as a Tier III school, which means that our school specifically exists to meet the needs only of exceptional needs students with documented disabilities. In 2014-2015, the proviso provided 35 tuition assistance grants of up to $10,000 for Trident Academy families, totaling approximately $330,000.
In addition to meeting our students and teachers, legislators also have the opportunity to meet with some of our parents, to hear directly from them the critical difference this program has made in their lives and in the lives of their children. For many, the ECENC Proviso has enabled them to secure for their child a real chance to overcome their learning differences and face a brighter future, accomplishing their educational goals.
Discussion on turning the ECENC Proviso into SC law will re-commence in the legislature in January. Visiting our campus this past week were Senator Chip Campsen (District 43 — Charleston, Beaufort & Colleton Counties), Senator Sean Bennett (District 38 – Berkeley, Charleston & Dorchester Counties), and Representative Joe Daning (District 92 – Berkeley County). Invitations to visit our school were issued by Head of School, Betsy Fanning, to all legislators who have current Trident Academy parents residing in their respective districts.