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Few announces run for S.C. Superintendent of Education

Posted: January 17, 2014 4:35 p.m.
Updated: January 20, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Sheri Few, a Kershaw County education activist and leading Common Core opponent, announced her candidacy for state superintendent of education Friday, calling the race a “national referendum on Common Core.” Few provided the Chronicle-Independent with a press release and a copy of a speech she gave Friday.

Thanking retiring incumbent Mick Zais for “bold leadership” at the helm of the state agency, Few said she was running “to remove Common Core and to restore common sense to public education.”

“I am a committed parent who was very involved in my children’s public school education,” Few told a crowd of several dozen supporters and reporters gathered outside the S.C. Department of Education in Columbia. “I have traveled the state making presentations about the problems with Common Core. At these presentations, parents show up and share stories about their children who were once math scholars and now struggle to make a ‘C’ because of the Common Core Math; or parents of young children who are anxious, crying and don’t want to go to school because of the developmental inappropriateness of the Common Core K-3 standards. I even hear from parents of what are known to be the best school districts in the state, who never would have considered home schooling or private schooling a year or two ago, and are now making great sacrifices to protect their children from Common Core as they exit the public school system. Common Core is destroying public education.”

Few said the decisions about a child’s education should be made by parents and teachers, not the government.

“As superintendent of education, I will use every resource available to put parents and teachers back in the role of deciding what is in the best interest of South Carolina students. I will fight at every turn to prevent federal government overreach into our state’s education and I will do all I can to assure education decisions remain at the local level,” she said. “I will fight to assure we adopt quality curriculum that teaches truth and isn’t laden with anti-Christian and anti-American rhetoric. And most of all, I will work tirelessly until Common Core is uprooted from our education system and replaced with local, teacher and parent-driven standards that reflect our values.”

Few said her election “will send a resounding message to state legislatures and boards of education across the country -- that Common Core is bad for children and they can either remove it -- or the people will remove them.”

Few, 53, lives with her husband, Marty, in Lugoff and raised four children: Chip, Billy, Jesse and Bobby, all of whom attended public schools. The family’s construction company specializes in pool construction, and commercial building and renovations.

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