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POLITICS: Parents asked to keep children out of school for Common Core protest Monday

Opponents of Common Core education standards are asking S.C. parents to keep their children out of school Monday and join a protest of the standards at the state Department of Education in Columbia.

“We think it’s going to send a very strong message to the decision makers in our state who don’t seem to be giving (Common Core) the attention we desire,” said Sheri Few of S.C. Parents Involved In Education, the organization planning the national protest in South Carolina.

U.S. Senate hopeful and state Sen. Lee Bright, R-Spartanburg, will speak at the protest beginning at 10 a.m. at the Education Department on Senate Street in Columbia. Bright is a sponsor of a Senate bill to outlaw Common Core in South Carolina. Other speakers include Meg Norris, a Georgia public-school teacher who left her job over disagreements with Common Core; Duke Peska, a University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh English professor; and Peg Luksik, founder of Founded on Truth, an anti-Common Core organization.