Government intrusion, local control, data-mining, and what's best for our teachers and students.
That was all debated Saturday as conversation continues on The Common Core State Standards.
Many of the officials who spoke at the 'Legislative Crackerbarrel,' say they are still looking for more information, but they are upset about the way Common Core was implemented in South Dakota. "As a parent I will tell you I do not like, with four kids in school, making a course correction without the school district explaining it to me, and it hasn't been explained to me in the Hot Springs school district," said Representative Lance Russell, District 30 (R).
Senator Bruce Rampelberg, District 30 (R), says he is for local control, and does not want the government to impose. "As an elected official I'm going to do what's right for our kids and our communities, but I'm not quite sure what that is right now," said Rampelberg. "But I do know this; I really don't want the government shoving it down our throat."
Rampelberg continued saying more focus needs to be on how to help our teachers and students succeed in school. "I believe that somehow we have to train teachers, and school boards, and superintendents and understand how we can do a better job of finding better practices, putting the tools in place, as well as the education to help our kids become more proficient in tests," said Rampelberg.
The two-hour Legislative Crackerbarrel also discussed Medicaid, pine beetles, and a bill that encourages shared parenting.