Horry group works to repeal new state education standards

vgrooms@thesunnews.comSeptember 20, 2013 

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— Some Horry County residents who want to repeal the state’s adoption of new standards for S.C. schools have organized a group to educate people about the Common Core initiative and stop the changes that already have begun.

The group, a chapter of S.C. Parents Involved in Education, believes the new standards will not provide the right education for the state’s students, said group leader Camille Noonan. The new math standards don’t teach the basics, classic literature will be dropped in favor of nonfiction texts, and the education of area students will be determined at the national level, she said.

The standards have been adopted by 45 states, four territories, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity, which manages all schools for military children and teens worldwide. This is a transition year for the standards in S.C. schools, which will fully implement them in 2014-15.

The new standards cover grades kindergarten through 12 in math and English language arts and are the result of a state-led initiative to give a clear set of expectations to ensure students are prepared for college and the workforce, according to the Common Core website.

Parents, grandparents and teachers have been attending the Myrtle Beach meetings, which average 25 to 35 people, said Noonan, a social worker who ran for Horry County school board last year.

“The parents normally haven’t got a clue what’s happening,” Noonan said. “How can you have kids in the school, and nobody has told you what they were doing? It’s just really scary.”

The group’s next meeting will be held Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Chapin Memorial Library, 400 14th Ave. N. For more information, contact Noonan at dnoonan@sccoast.net.

Contact VICKI GROOMS at 443-2401 or follow her at Twitter.com/TSN_VickiGrooms.

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