A slim majority of the South Dakota House rejected a resolution to halt expansion of the Common Core State Standards.
Thirty-five representatives voted Wednesday against the bill and 31 supported it.
A few dozen constituents interested in the Common Core debate attended the session, including many supporters of the resolution wearing red shirts.
Republican Rep. Jim Bolin, of Canton, is a prime sponsor of the bill and called the standards an "educational monstrosity."
He delivered impassioned testimony twice during an hour-long debate. Bolin described the standards as a step toward federalization.
National associations developed the Common Core benchmarks for K-12 students in math and English.
Opponents of the resolution argued that the Legislature has always trusted the state Board of Education to choose standards for the state's schools.
Most Popular Today
Headliners For JazzFest Announced
- 2.Meetings & Events
2014 JazzFest Headliners Announced
- 3.Meetings & Events, Events Center
Eric Church Concert Near-Sellout Within Minutes
BNSF Outlines Fertilizer Shipment Plan To Feds
PAi Opening An Office In Sioux Falls
Building Permits Surge
Overall Index Up In Rural Midwest Banker Survey
- 8.Economy/Stocks, General
Thursday Morning Business Brief
State Offers Training For Blind, Visually Impaired
Thursday Evening Business Brief