GOP candidates for schools chief to debate on ETV

By Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The eight Republican candidates for South Carolina's state schools superintendent are meeting for a televised debate. ETV will broadcast the debate Tuesday starting at 7 p.m. The Republican primary centers on standards to replace Common Core standards, what role education should play in meeting the needs of a changing economy, parental school choice, improving technology in rural areas and school safety. The candidates include South Carolina Association of School Administrators director Molly Spearman, special needs teacher Sally Atwater, former deputy superintendent Meka Childs, anti-Common Core activist Sheri Few, attorney Amy Cofield, Charleston School Board member Elizabeth Moffly, Anderson County School Board member Gary Burgess and University of South Carolina math professor Don Jordan. Molly Spearman leads the money race among eight Republicans running to be South Carolina's next superintendent of education. Pre-election disclosures filed Monday show that Spearman has more than $57,000 still available. Coming in second among Republicans is former deputy superintendent Meka Childs who has more than $39,000 on hand. Following close behind with about $37,000 is Sally Atwater, widow of the late Republican strategist Lee Atwater. Former director of school transformation Montrio Belton has the most money among Democrats with about $29,000 available. State Rep. Jerry Govan of Orangeburg has nearly $20,000 available. The primaries are June 10. Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.