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Dept of Education has two bills in the House Ed committee on Jan 26

January 25, 2015

Teacher-and-Child-1913On Monday, January 26th, the House Education committee will take up two bills. Both bills were submitted by the SD Department of Education. Also on the agenda for this meeting: Dr. Melody Schopp will present an initial analysis of data from the 2014 field test of Smarter Balance.

Here is a look a the two bills being pushed by Schopp:

HB 1043SoDakLibery Posts – Repeal certain outdated and obsolete provisions regarding the Department of Education.

This bill has 22 sections of code to repeal. Usually I love these types of bills, since they remove old an unnecessary pieces of code. However Secretary Schopp has not made me gain any confidence in her ability to do the right thing for the students AND parents of SD. I didn’t see anything that was a red flag reading through the sections this would repeal. It might be worth listening to the testimony to find out more about what this bill actually does.

HB 1044SoDakLibery Posts – Revise certain provisions regarding educational personnel certification and discipline.

This bill has 28 sections that modifies codified law in regards to Certification and Evaluation of Teachers, Principals, and Superintendents (§ 13-42) and Employment of Teachers (§ 13-43). Looking through the bill I don’t see any red flags. However since this makes some changes to the certification process I wonder if it would be best to kill this bill and look at means to streamline the teacher certification process in SD. This came up as a talking point in yesterdays Cracker Barrel in Aberdeen. Perhaps instead of letting the Secretary of Education change the rules, it would be better to have a legislative work-group look at solutions this summer and come prepared with possible legislation for the 2016 session. The certification of teachers is one possible area to look at when trying to expand the teachers available in South Dakota.

  1. Merlyn Schutterle
    January 25, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    My experience with Schoop is that she doesn’t have a clue, but then neither does the legislature.The sec of ed rounds had was one sharp man. He knew what to do about Indian education. Daugaard didn’t have the sense to keep him. Instead, he appointed someone who didn’t know what was going on because she worked on his campaign. Cronie

    • January 25, 2015 at 9:00 pm

      Schopp worked on his campaign?

  1. January 25, 2015 at 11:04 pm
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