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POLITICS: S.C. GOP jumps in fight against Common Core

12/18/2013 12:24 PM

02/05/2014 6:36 AM

The executive committee of the S.C. Republican Party has joined an already political fight against Common Core educations standards. This week, the committee passed a resolution rejecting the K-12 education standards and urging state lawmakers to do the same.

The resolution calls Common Core a "national scheme" that will lead to national education standards, "obliterat(ing) South Carolina’s constitutional autonomy over education in English language arts and mathematics, placing control in the hands of the federal government and unaccountable private interests in Washington, D.C."

Opposing Common Core is a popular cause among Republicans, some more powerful than others, including Gov. Nikki Haley, state schools' chief Mick Zais and U.S. Sen. Tim Scott.

Bills introduced in the S.C. Legislature would require the General Assembly to approve the adoption of new education standards. Others would void the state's adoption of the standards, nearing full implementation in most S.C. public school districts.

Common Core education standards were created by associations of state governors and public school chiefs and voluntarily adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia, including South Carolina.

Read more on the Common Core fight in S.C.:

Fight Against Common Core flares in South Carolina

Opponents want Common Core rescinded

Anti-Common Core protest Monday asks parents to keep children out of school

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