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.