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First CC bill reaches Governor

The first of potentially two bills related to Common Core is headed to Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s desk.

 

Senate Bill 64, which requires a moratorium period of no less than six months to allow for public comment before the adoption of new content standards drafted by a multistate consortium, passed on a 63-3 vote in the House on Wednesday.

 

ASBSD is monitoring the bill.

 

Rep. Jim Bolin, the bill’s sponsor on the House side and staunch opponent of Common Core, called the bill a “good compromise, at least for now.” Rep. Bolin introduced a similar bill – House Bill 1075 – that passed through the House on Tuesday, but he has stated in committee meetings that he would table the bill if SB 64 reached the Governor.

 

Rep. Bolin noted that SB 64 is “not opposed by the current administration.” Gov. Daugaard publicly supported Common Core during his State of the State Address.

 

The bill saw very few dissenting votes on its way through the Senate and Rep. Jacqueline Sly, Chairwoman of the House Education committee, said SB 64 had “no opponents” during its House Ed. committee hearing.

 

For an update on Gov. Daugaard’s action on the bill, check the ASBSD Blog and Bill Tracker page.

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