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Common Core bills introduced in the State Legislature


Pierre, SD (KELO-AM) The first Common Core bills have hit the hopper at the State Legislature in Pierre. 

One bill calls for a comprehensive review of the education standards. Co-sponsor, State Representative, Mark Mikkleson, a Sioux Falls Republican, says the bill would push the "pause button" on the controversial program to give all sectors of South Dakota a wider chance to weigh in.  Republican State Senator, Larry Rhoden, another co-sponsor, says he's not comfortable that officials know enough about Common Core to know if the program is good or bad for South Dakota.

Another Common Core bill addresses student privacy issues that have been raised about the program - what critics call data mining for information on individual students.

The South Dakota Education Association supports Common Core, but is willing to listen. President Sandy Arseneault tells KELO-AM that if the proposed legislation is just about looking at Common Core standards more comprehensively, then she thinks the Association could support that.