Stop Common Core in South Dakota
Organized by: John Sauer
We are raising money to finance a lawsuit against South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard (R), Secretary of Education Melody Schopp, and other state officials who are primarily responsible for the implementation of Common Core Standards in our state.
These standards are largely untested, and in many cases these standards are also age-inappropriate - which leads to frustration and difficulty in learning on the part of many students.
In addition, well-known education experts and members of the Common Core Validation Committee such as James Milgram (Professor Emeritus, Stanford) and Sandra Stotsky (Senior Associate Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Education- 1999-2003) have refused to endorse the Common Core Standards citing numerous deficiencies.
It is also important to note that the use of taxpayer funds to pay the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) has already been ruled unconstitutional in the state of Missouri, and there is now a similar lawsuit being launched in our neighboring state of North Dakota.
Like the Missouri lawsuit, our complaint will allege (among other things) that SBAC is an unconstitutional interstate compact that was not approved by Congress, and that it is in violation of the Compact Clause of the U.S. Constitution, Article I, Section 3, Clause 10.
Since the state of South Dakota is poised to contribute millions of dollars of taxpayer funds during the upcoming fiscal year to support this illegal interstate compact, we allege that the plaintiffs who will be filing our lawsuit (along with all of the taxpayers of South Dakota) will suffer harm if taxpayer funds are disbursed to SBAC before this controversy is resolved by the Court.
We are also pleased to report that the Thomas More Law Center has already generously pledged to contribute $ 5,000.00 to help fund this legal action. Therefore we are estimating that we need to raise roughly an additional $ 15,000.00 (or more if possible) to meet our ultimate fundraising goal of $ 20,000 dollars.
We appreciate your taking the time to check out our fundraising page and would like to thank you in advance for your generous donation to this worthy cause.