Common Core Panel Discussion

DATE:  Tuesday, September 17, 2013 

TIME:   Registration begins 6:30pm.  Forum 7:00pm-8:30pm

PLACE:  Good Samaritan Jerstad Center, 4800 W 57th St, Sioux Falls

HOST:  Siouxland Republican Women.  RSVP to

COST:  $5 for members, $10 for non-members 

Our panel will feature:
  • Dr. Melody Schopp, SD Secretary of Education
  • Dr. Rick Melmer, advisor for several educational agencies at both the state and national level, former USD dean of the School of Education & former SD Secretary of Education
  • Sen. Phyllis Heineman
  • Sen. Ernie Otten
  • Rep. Jim Bolin
  • Shane Vander Hart, Founder & President of 4:15 Communications, Founder & Editor-in-chief of Caffeinated Thoughts, chief blogger at Truth In American Education, and Communications Director for American Principles Project’s Preserve Innocence Initiative. 

How the panel will work:

This is meant to be highly educational & informative.  We want guests leaving with good hard facts and correct information. 
Therefore, we will not take any questions from the floor that evening.  We ask that all questions be submitted no later than September 10th to  We will then combine any duplicates and forward to each of our panel members so they have time to do any needed research.
Betty Otten (current President) and Anne Nelson (our past President) will be the moderators. We want to be sure as many questions are answered as possible but will allow great flexibility to the panel for the direction & content of the discussion.

We recognize that not everyone has a photographic recall or memory so SRW will have handouts of the submitted questions for guests to take notes. We will also have bullet point handouts submitted by our panel members.

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