COLUMBIA - Superintendent of Education Mick Zais took a jab on Tuesday at one of the candidates vying for his job.
You see, Sheri Few has been running on the platform that she will rid South Carolina of the Common Core education standards. Zais announced in December he would not seek re-election. But state lawmakers passed a bill in May that requires Common Core be replaced with homegrown standards by the 2015-16 school year.
When that happened, Few switched her campaign rhetoric to saying she still should be elected to prevent Common Core standards from coming back and has cited Indiana as an example. Indiana was the first state to ditch Common Core, but has come under fire by critics who say the replacement standards mirror Common Core.
In her radio commercials, Few has said all of the candidates will "bring back Common Core" under another name. Yet on Monday, an education official said changes to South Carolina's education standards will be ready by the time the General Assembly returns in January - before the new superintendent of education assumes office.
Zais has been against the adoption of Common Core since its introduction and said on Tuesday he plans to advocate for the modification of the state's current standards, instead of rewriting the Common Core standards.
When asked what he would say to those who believe South Carolina will keep the Common Core standards, but under a different name, Zais reiterated the state should just start from South Carolina standards that were developed in state.
"Most of the folks who are saying that have never read the standards, including one candidate for office, who has made a lot of assertions about Common Core, many of which are not true," Zais said.
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