PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A variety of issues were brought up Saturday morning during a District 24 Legislative Crackerbarrel, organized by the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce. District 24 Senator Jeff Monroe and Representatives Mary Duvall and Tim Rounds gave opening comments regarding their thoughts on the current session, and spent the rest of the time answering questions. Topics from hunting issues to workforce development, the gas excise tax and Common Core Education Standards were a few of the subjects discussed.
On Common Core, Governor Dennis Daugaard expressed his support for the standards Friday, both through a weekly column and during comments in a press conference. When local lawmakers were asked about the standards Saturday, their opinions varied.
Representative Duvall said she believes there is a lot of misinformation and fear regarding the standards.
Duvall says she started as an opponent of Common Core, but has since changed her mind.
Representative Rounds said he agrees with Governor Daugaard’s opinion on the standards and says he hasn’t been able to substantiate negative claims made about Common Core.
Senator Monroe said he’s studied the issue a lot and his concerns about Common Core are tied to the standards’ student information gathering and Common Core’s influence from outside the state.
Monroe did concede that the standards have already come far and they can’t undo everything that’s already been done in implementing the standards.
Saturday’s Crackerbarrel session was attended by 30-40 people.
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