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SC Republicans tackle Common Core in debate

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By ANDREW COFFMAN SMITH
Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The eight Republican candidates for schools superintendent in South Carolina used their televised debate to discuss Common Core standards and what should replace them.

All eight candidates agreed on the rewriting of state standards. South Carolina Association of School Administrators director Molly Spearman and University of South Carolina math professor Don Jordan were the only candidates to speak out on keeping Common Core's emphasis on critical thinking.

Spearman says that today's jobs require that students problem-solve instead of just memorizing facts

Tuesday night's debate was broadcast by ETV. Also participating were special needs teacher Sally Atwater; former deputy superintendent Meka Childs; activist Sheri Few; attorney Amy Cofield; Charleston School Board member Elizabeth Moffly; and Anderson County School Board member Gary Burgess.

The primary is June 10.

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