Post-NCLB plan gets OK from legislative panelPIERRE - The Legislature's rules review panel voted 4-2 this afternoon to approve the state Department of Education's new system for school accountability.
By: Bob Mercer, Republic Capitol Bureau
PIERRE - The Legislature's rules review panel voted 4-2 this afternoon
to approve the state Department of Education's new system for school
The new approach replaces the No Child Left Behind system in South
The U.S. Department of Education granted South Dakota a waiver from
NCLB. State Education Secretary Melody Schopp told the rules panel today
that federal officials told her recently that South Dakota has about 30
days to get its new rules in place or possibly lose the waiver.
The rules panel split over a provision in the new rules that allows two
years for development of teacher and principal evaluation systems.
Voting for the rules were the four Republicans on the panel: Sen. Mike
Vehle, of Mitchell, Sen. Jean Hunhoff, of Yankton, Rep. Roger Hunt, of
Brandon, and Rep. Shawn Tornow, of Sioux Falls.
Voting against were the two Democrats, Sen. Angie Buhl, of Sioux Falls,
and Rep. Peggy Gibson, of Huron.
Buhl, Gibson and Tornow preferred the evaluation portion of the rules be
left out for now.