Common Core dispute pits Zais against ed boards

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- A dispute over how to rewrite South Carolina's math and reading standards pits leaders of South Carolina's two education boards against Education Superintendent Mick Zais, three months before voters replace him.

Zais has promised to use a new law to kill Common Core standards before he leaves office in January. The one-term Republican lacks the authority to do so. But he has influence over the review process.

The law directs educator panels to review current math and reading standards, which are the Common Core standards. Changes must be approved by both the state Board of Education and Education Oversight Committee. Zais has no vote on either board.

Board leaders say Zais' direction to ignore Common Core breaks the law.

A meeting among the three is set for Thursday afternoon.

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