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SD Common Core Waiting Period Gets Governor's Approval

March 11, 2014, 5:38 PM by Ben Dunsmoor

SD Common Core Waiting Period Gets Governor's Approval

South Dakota will have to wait at least two years until it adopts more Common Core Standards in education. And when the state does look at adopting new standards, it will have to hold four public meetings to discuss the uniform standards.

The state has already adopted Common Core Standards in math and English Language Arts, but the legislation South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard signed Monday will now require the two-year waiting period - and public input - before any more multistate standardized subjects are adopted.

"This legislation helps rein in some of the free rein that the Department of Education has had," Mary Scheel-Buysse with South Dakotans Against Common Core said.

Scheel-Buysse is part of South Dakotans Against Common Core who lobbied with Representative Jim Bolin to pass legislation that will require the state to wait until 2016 to adopt any more standards. According to the measure the four public meetings must be held in South Dakota's four major cities to solicit input from the public before the additional standards can be adopted.

"Any standards at all being adopted will have to go through a series of four hearings around the state," Scheel-Buysse said.

"It's a good step on the part of the Department of Ed; it's a good step on the part of the legislature to just make the process more transparent," Rick Melmer said.

Melmer is the former South Dakota Secretary of Education who is now working as a consultant with states that are implementing the Common Core Standards. Melmer also supports the legislation that was drawn up by Common Core's critics.

"I know there are folks who are opposed to the Common Core Standards and some are opposed to the process. This gives them an opportunity to take a good look at both," Melmer said.

And take a look at what South Dakota students could be learning in the classroom.

Science is expected to be the next multistate standard explored and it would have to follow the new regulations under the legislation.

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:
This story was updated to clarify details in the legislation.

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