Reasons to Oppose ESEA/NCLB Renewal

It is likely that the House of Representatives will vote today on the ESEA/NCLB renewal renamed “Every Student Succeeds Act” (ESSA). There are many reasons to oppose this renewal. I want to highlight a few of them here. Over 1,000 pages of federal control does not equal local control. This bill was released to Representatives…

Rep. Russell and Petition Call for Dr. Schopp’s Resignation

In light of the alleged mishandling of millions of taxpayer dollars through the GEAR UP program, run by MidCentral Educational Coop, Representative Lance Russell, Hot Springs, has called for Dr. Melody Schopp, Secretary of Education, to resign her position, citing the apparent lack of oversight of how taxpayer dollars are being spent. The request for…

Joy Pullmann: Children Are More Than Cogs in a Machine

  Joy Pullmann, is a research fellow on education policy for The Heartland Institute and managing editor of The Federalist, a web magazine on politics, policy, and culture. She is also a former managing editor of School Reform News. In that capacity, Pullmann interviewed and produced podcasts with many of the leading figures in school reform. Before…

Gov. Daugaard Names Final Thirteen Members to Blue Ribbon Task Force

To complete the 26 member Blue Ribbon Task Force on Education Funding, Gov. Daugaard has named the additional members. The original members of the task force are legislators and members of Gov. Daugaard’s administration: Sen. Deb Soholt, Sioux Falls – Task-Force co-chair Rep. Jacqueline Sly, Rapid City – Task-Force co-chair Sen. Corey Brown, Gettysburg Sen.…