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Two for one on Common Core

Two of the three bills related to Common Core passed through the Senate on Thursday. ASBSD supports the implementation of the Common Core Standards.

 

An amended version of Senate Bill 63, which protects the privacy of individual student records by prohibiting the collection of student information including, political affiliation, religious practices and family gun ownership among other things and requires increased security measures to protect information, passed on a 34-0 vote.

 

One amendment to the bill allows for aggregate data to be released in order for districts to apply for impact aid and the other makes a minor word change.

 

The bill now moves across the hall to the House of Representatives. ASBSD is monitoring the bill.

 

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 28-6 vote.

 

ASBSD is monitoring the bill, which now moves to the House.

 

The lone nay-vote getter of the trio was Senate Bill 62. The bill called for the creation of the South Dakota Common Core Standards Evaluation Council.

 

Although receiving 18 yay votes to 16 nays, the bill required a 2/3 vote to pass the Senate because it entailed an appropriation amount. It was not

 

Initially set at a $100,000, Senators amended the bill to include only a $1. Additional amendments to the bill also called for some change in appointment procedures, but none were enough to garner enough passing votes to advance SB 62 to the House. ASBSD was monitoring the bill.

 

For more updates from legislative session, check the ASBSD Blog, and for updates on ASBSD positions on bills review our Bill Tracker page.

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