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Blake Van Ningen, left, Ashton Cushing, center, and Zac Sayler work on an assignment Friday at Freeman Elementary in Freeman. South Dakota this year began implementing the standards, adopted by 45 states, but those guidelines are facing increasing attacks from some lawmakers and others who argue they take away too much local control of schools. (AP photo/Jeremy Waltner)

Top SD education official ready for Common Core battle

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By Chet Brokaw

PIERRE — State Education Secretary Melody Schopp expects to spend much of the upcoming South Dakota legislative session defending the Common Core standards that establish what students should know in math

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