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Common Core opponents set Sioux Falls event

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SIOUX FALLS — A daylong conference organized by opponents of the new educational standards known as Common Core will be in Sioux Falls from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Ramkota.

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Registration begins at 8 a.m. and is free. Lunch will be $15.

Anti-Common Core advocates argue the standards have been implemented with little public input and are federally driven.

“Common Core is a set of national K-12 standards that takes away local control of South Dakota schools and shifts all control to the federal government in exchange for the promise of federal funds,” reads the flier announcing the conference.

Tonchi Weaver, of Rapid City, a volunteer lobbyist for South Dakotans for Liberty, is one of the event organizers. She said more than 200 people attended a similar conference in Rapid City recently.

She contends the Common Core standards include a plan to place children on tracks once they reach the fourth grade, predetermining career and higher education options.

“When you delve into it, you realize this is a way of pigeon-holing children,” Weaver said. “This is not an academic model. This is a workforce training model.”

Common Core advocates argue the program offers a uniform curriculum from school to school and state to state, thereby minimizing disruption when children relocate and providing more reliable achievement testing information.

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