February 2012 – House passes universal school choice legislation, H.4894.
May 2013 – “Exceptional Needs” portions of H.4894 inserted into State Budget as Proviso 1.85.
June 2013 – State Budget 2013-14 enacted; “Access Opportunity” established to support ECENC implementation.
January 2014 – First donations made, and first tax credits reserved.
May 2014 – Proviso clarified and renewed as Proviso 1.80 in 2014-15 State Budget.
- Alternative track for student eligibility determination
- DOR language strengthened
- SFO oversight and limits tightened
June 2014 – $5.8 million of $8 million credit cap met as State Budget Year 2013-14 concludes.
July 2014 – ECENC “resets” as State Budget Year 2014-15 begins.
November 2014 – $8 million credit cap met for State Budget Year 2014-15.
June 2015 – ECENC renewed; $4 million in Tuition Tax Credits added to $8 million in credits for SFO donors
- SFO oversight consolidated at DOR
- School application and reporting process clarified
- Direct credits for parents and guardians paying tuition out-of-pocket added
June 2016 – ECENC renewed and revised
- Maximum per-student grants and credits raised to $11,000
- Incumbent ECENC students assigned first priority for grants
- Single, statewide scholarship provider (ECENC Fund) created to serve all eligible students at all approved schools, governed by the SC private school associations
- $10m of the program cap assigned to grants, $2m to tuition credits
- Grant checks to be issued within 30 days of semester start or approval of student’s application
- Schools must offer a program or learning center to provide student accommodations, or onsite educational services or supports; or be a dedicated special education school
July 2016 – Exceptional SC begins taking donations and scholarship applications