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Lt. Gov. Bryant vows to block federal education mandates if elected SC governor

Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant announces his intent to run for S.C. governor Friday morning in Anderson.
Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant announces his intent to run for S.C. governor Friday morning in Anderson. Anderson Independent Mail

One of the Republican candidates for governor has pledged to oppose federal education mandates in South Carolina.

Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant, who is running for the state’s top job in 2018, signed the “Stop Fed Ed” pledge from U.S. Parents Involved in Education, a conservative anti-Common Core education group that wants to abolish the U.S. Department of Education.

The group announced Bryant’s signature Monday.

The pledge calls for South Carolina’s governor to “reject all federal mandates tied to federal funding” and to “fight against federally mandated curriculum, standardized tests, and all illegal and unconstitutional mandates from the federal Department of Education.”

Bryant is the only candidate for governor to sign the pledge so far.

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