NEA Leader says C. C. Implementation “Botched”—Proponent Mike Huckabee Advises: “Rebrand it, Refocus it, but Don’t retreat.”

With national supporters and proponents of Common Core retreating or urging more deception, Sheri Few, Republican candidate for South Carolina Superintendent of Education is digging in her heels and “taking no prisoners.”

In Greenville recently, Few said “the Palmetto State needs an education superintendent committed to stopping Common Core and charged the current Zais-Childs administration with giving ‘lip service” to those opposing the nationalized Common Core school curriculum scheme.”

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Common Core is “Just the next Federal attempt to herd states and our children into a one-size- fits-all standard.”

Sheri-Few---3-5-14The February luncheon of the Greenville Republican Women had the future of education of South Carolina as the topic. The speakers consisted of State Superintendent of Education Mick Zais, and Superintendent candidates Charmeka Childs, and Sheri Few. With the bridge year of Common Core State Standards upon the state of SC and the full implementation year closely approaching, the topic was touched by every speaker.

Zais, a Republican who campaigned against Common Core four years ago, has a firm belief that all children cannot be taught through a one size fits all curriculum.

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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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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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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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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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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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