COLUMBIA, SC — An opponent of Common Core education standards and advocate of abstinence-only sex education entered the race for state schools chief Friday.
Republican Sheri Few of Lugoff, who has lost three races for the S.C. House, announced her bid for the GOP nomination on the Columbia steps of the S.C. Department of Education.
Few joins a growing field of candidates for the state’s highest education post. State Reps. Mike Anthony, D-Union, and Andy Patrick, R-Beaufort, are running for the post. Montrio Belton, a Fort Mill Democrat, and Gary Burgess, a Pendleton Republican, also have said they will run.
Few said eliminating Common Core education standards, which outline what students should know and be able to do at every grade level, would be her top priority.
If elected, Few said she would “use every resource available” to ensure parents and teachers are making educational decisions, prevent “federal government overreach” into state education policy and advocate for a curriculum “that teaches truth and is not laden with anti-Christian and anti-American rhetoric.”
Few said she became involved in the fight against Common Core, adopted by the state in 2010, after Jane Robbins with the American Principles Project contacted her about a year ago. Few said she has been traveling the state campaigning against the standards since.
Few was state director for U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann’s unsuccessful 2012 race for the GOP presidential nomination. She also consulted briefly for state Sen. Katrina Shealy, R-Lexington. That relationship ended with Few suing Shealy for compensation, Shealy counter-suing and both dropping their lawsuits.
Few ran unsuccessfully for the state House in 2006, 2008 and 2010.
Few also is the founder, president and chief executive of S.C. Parents Involved in Education – a nonprofit that develops abstinence-based sex education curriculum for schools and provides teacher training. The nonprofit, formed in 2000, has received about $1 million in state money since 2008.
Before creating the nonprofit, Few said she was a “stay-at-home mom” raising her three children, who all attended public schools.
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