Amendment Defunds Common Core Standards Training
The state House of Representatives has passed an amendment that supporters say will defund South Dakota's involvement in using common core standards in education. The amendment was made to Senate Bill 192. That bill makes appropriations for the purpose of one-time increases in education and health care. The amendment takes away more than eight million dollars that was originally set to be used to train teachers and administrators in the implementation of common core standards and a statewide evaluation system. It gives it instead to school districts as a one-time increase. Representative Jim Bolin says there are more important needs, and training for the core standards is a waste of money.
"This vote today will be decisive in determining how we will proceed as a state in regards to this latest educational fad that I predict will be abandoned in five or ten years as have so many other educational programs dreamed up by the educational bureaucracy," Bolin says. "In the end we will have gained nothing, but we will have wasted a lot of money."
Opponents of the amendment say the more than eight million dollars for training represents the first component of Governor Dennis Daugaard's education initiative. They say the amendment puts the other pieces in jeopardy. The house voted 37 to 30 to pass the amendment. The House votes on the bill tomorrow.
By Jenifer Jones
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