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Stace Nelson releases OpEd regarding Common Core

October 11, 2013

Presentation2Yesterday US Senate Candidate Stace Nelson released the following OpEd regarding Common Core. Later this weekend I will be posting some of my thoughts on his OpEd. As someone who recently began the fight against Common Core I am glad to see Stace taking a stance on this important issue.

OpEd by U.S. Senate Candidate Stace Nelson: Regarding Common Core Standards State Initiative.

Fulton, S.D. – U.S. Senate Candidate and State Representative Stace Nelson released a statement today on his opposition to the ‘Common Core Standards State Initiative (CCSS).’

Over the past several months, as CCSS is being implemented across SD, concerns among parents and educators have grown exponentially.  My own concerns started several years ago after attending a conference in Cleveland that was designed to extol CCSS, but which actually highlighted the shortcomings to this concerned parent & legislator.  CCSS was enacted in South Dakota, without legislative approval, and with little public knowledge, during the last few months of the Mike Rounds Administration.

My concerns are:
First – To the best of my knowledge there were no teachers from South Dakota involved in the process of designing or defining the CCSS.

Second – 2 Under CCSS, your child’s private and personal information will be shared with other government and non government agencies, without parental consent.  Addition concerns for you and your child’s privacy under CCSS is that other data, such as family activities, income, church affiliation, political activities, etc., are equally vulnerable.

Third  – There does not appear to be any mechanisms in place to allow the parents of children in home schools or private schools for their child to ‘opt out’ from the CCSS curriculum or testing regimens that conform to the CCSS.

Finally – If teacher and school accreditation are dependent on the aligning of curriculums to the CCSS, it’s likely private and religious schools will be forced into adoption of CCSS and compelled to teach to those standards or face the possible loss of state accreditation which could put teaching jobs and the very existence of these schools at risk.

Because of these concerns, this spring I co-sponsored HB-1204 which sought to restrict any further adoption of CCSS absent public debate and legislative approval.  Unfortunately that bill was defeated.

I stand in opposition to these D.C. government bureaucrats telling you how to raise and educate your children. I believe the best persons to decide how your children are raised and educated, are you the parents.  I remain committed to requiring our government to respect parental choice and local control in the education of your children.  I remain committed to opposing big government loving politicians, like Mike Rounds, who believe that the government, not you the parents, knows best on how to raise and educate your children. I will continue to support legislation which returns that decision making authority back to where it belongs, you the individual parents, and require government to respect your decisions on how best to raise and educate your children.

God bless & Semper Fidelis,
Representative Stace Nelson
U.S. Senate Candidate

  1. Stephanie Strong
    October 11, 2013 at 11:03 am

    God bless you all stopping common core. Now let’s defund it along with the department of education. Let’s change our SD state constitution to say the money follows the child in public and private schools and see how the free market works for giving us Freedom and Liberty and parent control of our children and grandchildren.

    • Ken Santema
      October 11, 2013 at 11:42 am

      I couldn’t agree more. I would love to see the DOE go away completely!

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