Minnesota House Advances Legislative Oversight of Education Standards to Dayton’s Desk

I wrote last month about the Minnesota Legislature’s fight against the federal takeover of education being cheered on by Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton.  The Minnesota Senate passed Senate File 1656 which required legislative approval before any education standard could be implemented by the Minnesota Department of Education.  It was authored by State Senator Carla Nelson (R-Rochester) and State Representative Sondra Erickson (R-Princeton) and passed the Senate with bipartisan support.

Education Liberty Watch reported that this legislation is important not only to prevent the Common Core State Standards, but also in order to attempt to fix the “absolutely awful revision” of Minnesota’s social studies standards.  The good news is that the Minnesota House also passed SF 1656 on a partisan vote (71-61) on Monday.  The bad news is that it is likely that Governor Dayton will veto this bill again unless he has enough Minnesotans applying pressure.

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Shane Vander Hart is the Editor-in-Chief of Caffeinated Thoughts, a popular Christian conservative blog in Iowa. He is also the President of 4:15 Communications, a social media & communications consulting/management firm, along with serving as the communications director for American Principles Project’s Preserve Innocence Initiative.  Prior to this Shane spent 20 years in youth ministry serving in church, parachurch, and school settings.  He has taught Jr. High History along with being the Dean of Students for Christian school in Indiana.  Shane and his wife home school their three teenage children and have done so since the beginning.   He has recently been recognized by Campaigns & Elections Magazine as one of the top political influencers in Iowa. Shane and his family reside near Des Moines, IA.  You can connect with Shane on Facebook, follow him on Twitter or connect with him on Google +.

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