Education group protests Common Core in Rock Hill

rsouthmayd@heraldonline.comFebruary 17, 2014 

Sheri Few, president of South Carolina Parents Involved in Education and a candidate for state superintendent, speaks in opposition to Common Core during a presentation Monday outside City Hall in Rock Hill.

RACHEL SOUTHMAYD — rsouthmayd@heraldonline.com

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    Attend a forum on Common Core standards, presented by Piedmont Parents Involved in Education, the local chapter of SCPIE. The forum is sponsored by State Sen. Wes Hayes, R-Rock Hill, and features four speakers, two speaking against Common Core and two speaking for the standards.

    When: 7-9 p.m., Monday, Feb. 24

    Where: The Magnolia Room, 4017 Laurel Creek Drive, Rock Hill

— A group of Common Core opponents brought their “conservative education reform” message to downtown Rock Hill on Monday.

Speaking on behalf of those affiliated with South Carolina Parents Involved in Education, Sheri Few, the group’s president and a candidate for state superintendent, spoke about why Common Core isn’t good for South Carolina’s students.

“The standards themselves are faulty,” Few said, citing problems SCPIE sees with math, English, the cost of funding, data-mining of student information and the inappropriateness of the standards for young children, among other problems.

The Rock Hill event outside City Hall was one in a series across the state in anticipation of Wednesday, when a bill repealing Common Core in the state will be up for a hearing in the S.C. Senate. SCPIE also will host a “Stop Common Core” rally in Columbia on Wednesday.

One of the dozen people supporting Few and SCPIE was Rock Hill resident Paul Anderko, with GPS Conservatives for Action. He supports repealing Common Core because he doesn’t approve of more federal control over what students learn.

“It’s very important the local school boards have control,” Anderko said.

In Rock Hill, the school district has spent the last three years implementing Common Core, said school board chairman Jim Vining.

“The board is taking no position on Common Core, but the district has already made a large investment in implementing it,” he said. “To go in another direction now would end up using a lot of resources.”

Several people who oppose Common Core have signed up to address an upcoming Rock Hill school board meeting, as they have other local school boards.

State Sen. Wes Hayes, R-Rock Hill, is sponsoring a forum put on by a local chapter of SCPIE next week.

Rachel Southmayd •  803-329-4072

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