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      SC education board asks Zais to reconsider

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The South Carolina Board of Education has asked the state school superintendent to reconsider his decision not to apply for federal education grants.

      But Republican state schools chief Mick Zais said Thursday he will not change his position.

      South Carolina narrowly missed winning money in two previous federal Race to the Top competitions.

      U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced two weeks ago that South Carolina and eight other finalists can compete for $200 million in grants ranging from $10 million to $50 million each. He also announced $500 million for a third round of Race to the Top specifically for preschool programs.

      But Zais says South Carolina will not apply for those or any future Race to the Top grant. He says the state's schools don't need more federal intrusion.

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      Do you agree with Zais or does South Carolina need the federal funding? Leave a comment below to weigh in with your thoughts.