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SD SB 129: Bill to supplant Common Core will be taken up by Senate Education Committee

February 12, 2014

NoCommonCoreTomorrow Thursday, Feb 13, the Senate Education Committee will be taking up South Dakota Senate Bill 129. The stated purpose of this bills is to “supplant the Common Core State Standards.” This this the best bill I’ve seen yet to be taken up this legislative session in the battle against Common Core.

Section 4 of the bill is something that actually shouldn’t be required; but since Common Core is being adopted in South Dakota it obviously is need. Here is Section 4:

Section 4. That chapter 13-3 be amended by adding thereto a NEW SECTION to read as follows:
The South Dakota Board of Education or the secretary of the Department of Education may not enter into or renew an agreement with any organization, entity, group, or consortium that requires the state to cede any measure of autonomy or control of academic content standards and assessments including cut scores.

Basically this says the Board of Education and the Department of Education are forbidden from outsourcing the content standards and assessments to outside groups. As a state we need to determine what is best for our public schools and act accordingly. Section 4 will ensure the Board of Ed and DoE actually focuses on what is best for South Dakota students; instead of jumping on the bandwagon of the latest unproven education trend.

It should be interesting listening to the testimony for this one. The Senate Education Committee will start at 8am. Anyone unable to attend can listen via the SDPB website.

P.S. I apologize for the light posting. There are literally dozens of posts I want to do this legislative session. But unfortunately I have been working very long hours, it is just hard to find time for blogging!

  1. September 29, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    Highly descriptive article, I enjoyed that bit. Will there be a part 2?

  1. February 17, 2014 at 10:33 pm
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