Previewing the Battle Over Common Core in Pierre


The Rapid City Journal had an article on Sunday on the upcoming battle over the Common Core State Standards in South Dakota.  The first line was music to my ears.  “State Education Secretary Melody Schopp expects to spend much of the upcoming South Dakota legislative session defending the Common Core standards…”

Good, keep her busy.  I’m thankful for the push back that they are starting to receive.  Rep. Jim Bolin (R-Canton) who is a retired teacher (wait, I thought educators love Common Core?) along with other legislators plan to introduce bills this session seeking to repeal, pause, or limit the Common Core.

Bolin told RCJ, “Fundamentally, it goes against the basic principle of American Education, which is that local people who pay local taxes to support their local schools are going to be cut out of the educational process.  They’re going to lose control of their local school.”

Schopp, who loves to threaten parents,  says the federal government was not involved and that the effort was “state-led.”  Oh “state-led” like this, and the U.S. Department of Education didn’t earmark $4.35 Billion for Race to the Top to encourage the adoption of the Common Core and it wasn’t one of the conditions for a No Child Left Behind waiver?

Either she doesn’t know what she’s talking about or she thinks South Dakota parents are stupid.

Schopp states that only individual student information goes to parents, school administrators and that student’s teachers.  So South Dakota won’t be collecting any data at all?  They received federal funds to create a Statewide Longitudinal Database System.  I guess they won’t be using that.  Also did they suddenly pull out of Smarter Balanced and I missed it?  As our readers know Smarter Balanced has an agreement with the Feds saying they will give student level data.  To prevent this South Dakota needs to pull out of Smarter Balanced.

Don’t take Schopp’s word for it and be sure to check out South Dakotans Against Common Core.

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