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Republicans debate priorities for next state superintendent

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CAMDEN, SC (WIS) -

The 13 candidates vying to be the state's top education administrator were invited to a forum held at Camden High School Thursday but only six were in attendance.

The four democratic candidates debated in another forum in Columbia which left some saying they didn't feel like they had a chance to tackle the issues.

The candidates in attendance at the form held in Camden were American Party candidate Ed Murray, Former South Carolina's Deputy Superintendent of Education Meka Childs, Saluda County educator Molly Spearman, Anderson County School Board Member Gary Burgess, USC Professor Don Jordan and Charleston County School Board Member Elizabeth Moffly.

All but two of the candidates in attendance were against common core standards, saying it's government overreach.

They all were in favor of school choice and want to strengthen the teacher's role in the classroom.

All agreed that South Carolina has some of the best teacher's in the country and we should do more to attract the best and the brightest for the state's children.

Even though republicans and democrats didn't get a chance to debate themselves, there will be other opportunities for them to go head to head before the primaries June 10.

The Republican candidates are scheduled to debate again May 27 in Columbia.

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