State Responds to Criticism of Science Standards

On Monday, September 15, 2014, the South Dakota Board of Education held the first of four public hearings on adopting new standards in Science, Technical Education and Fine Arts.  You can read what I testified at the September 2014 meeting here. I believe that adoption of these standards is in possible violation of SB 64. (Link…

SD Board of Education Meeting, November 17, 2014

The South Dakota Board of Education is holding the November meeting on Monday, November 17, 2014, This meeting will be at the MacKay Building, First Floor, Library Commons Area, 800 Governors Drive, Pierre, South Dakota  in Pierre, SD. This meeting will include the required public hearings for four new sets of content standards. Science, Fine Arts, Technology…

RCAS Postpones Middle School Student Behavioral Surveys

The Rapid City Area Schools have announced that they will postpone the middle school student surveys that measure childrens’ attitudes, beliefs, behavior and disposition.    Dr. Mitchell, RCAS Superintendent has admitted that they are looking for a legal way to give this survey without getting specific written parental consent from each student’s parent/guardian.  The Sioux Falls School…

Fear, the Tactic of the Common Core Movement

Jenni White of Restore Oklahoma Public Education and Michael Petrelli of the Fordham Institute participated in a debate sponsored by Oklahoma Wesleyan University on November 11, 2014, called “Common Core Chaos?” Oklahoma repealed the Common Core earlier this year and returned to their former standards while their new standards are being written. Throughout the debate…

KSOO Radio, VPU Focus on Education Week

UPDATE This week on KSOO radio, VPU will focus on education during the 5:00-6:00 pm hour.   I was driving to the Sioux Falls School Board meeting listening yesterday during the broadcast and I can’t recall the complete schedule of broadcasts for the week, but I think it’s as follows. I have a request into…