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McMaster petitions SC Supreme Court to rehear SAFE Grants case

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By Jason Raven | October 23, 2020 at 5:28 PM EDT – Updated October 23 at 6:23 PM

 

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) – Gov. Henry McMaster has petitioned the Supreme Court of South Carolina to rehear a case that ruled his new grant program for private school tuition is unconstitutional.

McMaster tried to allocate $32 million of his GEER funds for the SAFE Grants program.

For background, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act created “Governor’s Emergency Education Relief,” or GEER funding, for each state.

The state Supreme Court ruled the grants are prohibited by the state constitution because they use public funds for the direct benefit of private educational institutions.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) – Gov. Henry McMaster has petitioned the Supreme Court of South Carolina to rehear a case that ruled his new grant program for private school tuition is unconstitutional.

McMaster tried to allocate $32 million of his GEER funds for the SAFE Grants program.

For background, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act created “Governor’s Emergency Education Relief,” or GEER funding, for each state.

The state Supreme Court ruled the grants are prohibited by the state constitution because they use public funds for the direct benefit of private educational institutions.

In the 33-page petition for a rehearing, the governor said the GEER funds do not qualify as state public funds.

The petition also says the ruling impacts some of the CARES Act allocations the General Assembly made earlier this year.