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Window of Opportunity for Blocking Common Core is Closing PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 00:00

Many Lawmakers Unwilling to seek Facts, Challenge Education and big Business Lobby

Jane-Robbins-speaking-at-Greer-High-SchoolWith multitudes of Parents fearing for the future of their children’s education, a few key lawmakers who can end the fears have their heads in the sand.

The National Governors Conference was held in Washington, D.C., over the weekend. Secretary of Education Arney Duncan addressed the Governors’s Education and Workforce Committee. The Secretary answered questions posed by Governors and panel discussions with experts were held. All was televised by C-SPAN. Not a word was uttered about Common Core Standards that have the nation’s parents in an uproar as the Governors met in nonpartisan unity.

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Common Core Tests to Cost S.C. Taxpayers Millions PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rick Brundrett from "The Nerve"   
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 00:00

Belonging to the 22-state consortium that is developing the Common Core math and English language arts assessment tests for K-12 students will soon no longer be a cheap date for S.C. taxpayers.

Contacted last week by The Nerve, Jacqueline King, director of “higher education collaboration” for the “Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium,” based in Washington state, said after a four-year $175 million federal grant that supports the consortium ends in September, member states, including South Carolina, will have to pay membership fees to continue in the group.

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Sheri Few Challenges Atwater on Common Core Silence PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 00:00

Widow of Late Lee Atwater Enters Race for Superintendent of Education

Sally Atwater, widow of the late political consultant and former RNC Chairman Lee Atwater, has entered the race for South Carolina Superintendent of Education.

Sheri Few, the leading conservative in the race immediately challenged Atwater and asked why she won’t reveal her position on Common Core.

Speaking from the 25th Education Policy Conference in St. Louis where Common Core was the number one topic, Few welcomed Atwater to the race and asked why her campaign announcement highlighted her political consultants but not her view on “the number one issue facing education today.

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School Choice Unites and Empowers PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ellen Weaver   
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 00:00

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Liberal Democrat Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and conservative Republican Senator Ted Cruz.  Newt Gingrich and Al Sharpton.  What agenda could possibly unite these political odd couples?

Support for the rapidly expanding world of education options.

As we just celebrated during National School Choice Week, each of these leaders is part of a bi-partisan groundswell of advocates for evidence-based school choice programs, both public and private.  Far more than “vouchers,” school choice in its truest form includes as many options as the needs of children are unique: high-quality traditional schools; public charters, magnet or virtual schools; open enrollment between traditional school districts; private school scholarship and tax credit programs; Education Savings Accounts; home schooling and more.

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Sheri Few Candidate for S.C. Superintendent of Education PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 00:00

Few is founder of South Carolina Parents Involved in Education SCPIE and a leading opponent of federal Common Core Standards in South Carolina schools

Sheri-Few-talking-to-concerned-parentsSheri Few has announced that she is seeking the office of Superintendent of Education since Dr. Mick Zais has decided not to run for reelection. During a press conference in Columbia she discussed her interest and involvement in the education of South Carolina children and what has motivated her to seek the elected office.

“I am a committed parent who was very involved in my children’s public school education. As a result of what I saw in my children’s curriculum, I was motivated to form the non-[profit South Carolina Parents Involved in Education. Since that time, I have studied education policy and worked to protect our children from the liberal biases found in nearly every discipline of public education.

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Future of Common Core now up to Lawmakers PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 00:00

American-Principal-Project---frontSC Adopted Common Core in 2010 to increase competitiveness for Federal Race to Top Funds

The Greer community got its first “fair and balanced” look at the controversial Common Core education standards in South Carolina during a recent forum.

A forum was held at Greer High School sponsored by Senator Tom Corbin and State Representatives Mike Burns and Dwight Loftis in response to requests and questions from constituents.

The Common Core initiative was defended during the forum by the president of the South Carolina Education Association, an affiliate of the National Education Association, the NEA. Union membership is optional since South Carolina is a Right to Work State.

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Common Core Standards Forum at Greer High School PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 00:00

Hear Both Sides of this Controversial Issue that will Profoundly Impact Public School Students and their Future Success

Senator Tom Corbin and Representatives Dwight Loftis and Mike Burns are sponsoring a Common Core Standards Forum at Greer High School Thursday, January 9th at 7 pm.

Greenville County School Board members, the State Board of Education, the South Carolina Education Oversight Committee, The S.C. School Boards Association, The S.C. Education Association, and the S.C. PTA, who are advocates for the Common Core Standards, have been contacted and invited to participate and defend the standards.

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