Interestingly, it’s not Pat Powers but Scott Ehrisman who suggests that Scott Heidepriem’s representation of the American Indian students suing Mid-Central Educational Cooperative over the GEAR UP scandal could be a political move:
So a Republican friend calls me last night and asked if I saw Scott onStormland TV. Then they speculated that he may be running for governor again since he is involved with this Gear UP lawsuit. I guess I would not go that far, but if Huether is running on the Democratic ticket, I would like to see a primary challenge from someone, even if it is two closet Republicans [Scott Ehrisman, “Get out the Man Purse. Is Heidi-Scott Back?” South Dacola, 2016.06.01].
Heidepriem is one of five lawyers listed on the complaint filed by Alyssa Black Bear last month. John Hinrichs, Kasey Olivier, Ashley Miles, Steven Emery… I suppose any one of them could be running for governor, too… or they and Heidepriem might just be doing their job as lawyers and helping victims of South Dakota’s corruption fight back.
The Department of Education and Melody Schopp are mentioned in the Black Bear complaint but not named as defendants (yet?). Secretary Schopp is distracting herself and the electorate by playing Republican and saying the new federal education laws are too darn complicated:
“My first blush on (ESSA) is that it’s very complicated,” Schopp said. “It’s not like any of us love No Child Left Behind, but it was easy to explain.”
The guidelines add another 200 pages to the existing 1,000-page ESSA law, and Schopp worries that the complexity will inhibit stakeholders from understanding future changes to the state’s education system.
“It should be very explicitly clear, not for the education geeks, (but) for every parent and public taxpayer about what our system is going to look like,” Schopp said Friday [Megan Raposa, “Schopp Concerned About Proposed Education Law Regulations,” that Sioux Falls paper, 2016.05.29].
What? President Obama replaces the Bush-Kennedy law, whose increased federal intervention Mike Rounds once loved, with a law that reinforces state and local control, and Rounds-Daugaard pal Schopp doesn’t like that?
But hey, our Department of Education found it too complicated to manage the federal GEAR UP grant; I suppose Secretary Schopp will struggle to make sense of other federal programs and rules as well.