SC politics: Candidate blasts Common Core

May 30, 2014 

Moore airing radio ad in bid for lieutenant governor

Republican candidate for lieutenant governor Ray Moore has released his first radio ad, touting his support for Christian conservatives in the state.

“Our culture is decaying and our nation is crumbling. But too often the Republican Party establishment sees conservatives and Christians as a bigger enemy than Democrats,” the Columbia pastor says in the ad. “It’s time to send them a message.”

The ad includes Moore’s aim to fight against the federal school standards known as Common Core.

“Our public schools have become vehicles of left-wing indoctrination and Common Core threatens to make it worse,” Moore says. "As lieutenant governor, I will stand up to the Obama administration and fight Common Core.”

Moore is one of four Republicans vying for the nomination for the seat being left open by GOP Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell. The winner of the June 10 GOP Primary will meet state Rep. Bakari Sellers, D-Bamberg, in November.

Spartanburg lawmaker endorses Few to head schools

A GOP legislator from Spartanburg on Friday endorsed Sheri Few for the GOP nomination for superintendent of education.

“Sheri Few has led the fight against Common Core in South Carolina and has also been outspoken against plans to force school districts to merge, allegedly in the name of efficiency,” said state Rep. Bill Chumley.

Few, of Lugoff, is the head of S.C. Parents Involved in Education, and one of eight Republican candidates for superintendent in the June 10 primary.

Head of Christian Coalition endorses Atwater for superintendent

The chief executive of the Christian Coalition of America has endorsed Sally Atwater of Charleston for the GOP nomination for state superintendent of education.

“Sally Atwater is a special-needs teacher who understands firsthand that all life is precious,” Roberta Combs said in a news release.

Atwater is the former executive director of President George W. Bush’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities. She also worked in the U.S. Department of Education under President Ronald Reagan.

Cassie Cope, Andy Shain contributed

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