Citizens express concern over Common Core, convenience store

  • Friday, June 13, 2014

Two concerned citizens took the podium to talk to DD2 school board members about two separate community matters at the recent board meeting.

Lewis Smith, founder of the Community Resource Center, addressed the board about the convenience store located across from Alston Middle School.

Smith has been part of a group effort petitioning to make sure the convenience store, known as Mia Quickstop, does not obtain a beer and wine license, arguing that middle school students are “impressionable” and having a convenience store that sells beer and wine right across the street from a middle school creates a bad image.

“We have rallied around this,” Smith said. “We are doing this proactively. We need the school board to come up with a statement as to why this shouldn’t happen.

“I just feel the community needs to get together to make a statement.”

Linda Ensor then took the podium to address board members about Common Core in South Carolina.

Ensor, who is with Lowcountry Conservatives in Action, has been opposed to Common Core Standards for some time. During her time at the podium Ensor expressed excitement over Gov. Nikki Haley recently signing a bill that requires South Carolina to drop the Common Core Standards and replace them with new content standards for the 2015-2016 school year.

“It gives you the right to choose what you want out of Common Core,” Ensor said.

Ensor went on to ask board members not to bring Common Core back in any form.

After delivering her statement, Ensor told The Journal Scene that she feels the board members were receptive to what she had to say, and hopes they will not bring Common Core back.

“I, and my group, have worked hard for a year and a half to stop Common Core,” she said.

“We will be vigilant to make sure they won’t bring it back in a different form.”

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