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As a Republican state lawmaker, Bolin has criticized the Common Core and brought bills to impede and roll back their implementation in South Dakota. His legislation typically is beaten back by the state Department of Education and lobbyists representing school boards and administrators.

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I cannot run an effective statewide race and at the same time be heavily involved in efforts to oppose Common Core."

In his Thursday statement, Bolin called Brunner a "worthy individual" but said he was encouraging other Republicans to run for the office because "competition is good for our party and our state.".

Bolin also said he hadn't decided whether he would run for another term in the state Legislature. He originally planned to give up his seat in the House to run for public lands commissioner.

Bolin said he considered his decision to exit the race for "more than a few days" before pulling the trigger.

"In the lives of many public officials, there are times when one must put aside personal desires for political advancement and instead concentrate on matters of greater lasting impact," Bolin said in his statement.

With Bolin ending his campaign, the only candidate remaining is fellow Republican Ryan Brunner. The current deputy public lands commissioner, he said he was surprised by Bolin's announcement.

"Due to the fact that I was an early and vocal skeptic of the Common Core, I have been deluged with requests to comment on this subject from all over the state," Bolin said in a statement Thursday. "I have concluded that Adidas Neo Cloudfoam Ilation Mid

"We were having what I described as a fun but competitive campaign between us," Brunner said. "I respect his decision to pursue an issue that he's very passionate about. It wasn't something that I expected, because we were having a good campaign."

"There's been a lot of controversy in a number of states," Rothman said. "(Opponents) are passionate. It's coming up in state legislatures. It's become a political issue."

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One candidate leftBolin was reticent to discuss his decision to drop out of the race, responding to several questions by referring back to his written statement.

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But on Thursday morning, Bolin threw his bid for statewide office away to pursue a greater passion: his activist opposition to the Common Core State Standards for K 12 education.

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"Now is such a time for me."

The standards were devised by the bipartisan National Governors Association. They're not a curriculum but are expected to have a profound effect on K 12 education Adidas Los Angeles Grey White

No Democrats have yet declared their interest in the office. Candidates will be chosen by political parties during their conventions next summer.

For six months, state Rep. Jim Bolin has been waging a determined campaign to be South Dakota's next commissioner of School and Public Lands.

Rothman said other opposition is founded on "misconceptions," such as the idea that the standards are an initiative of President Obama. Though Obama has endorsed Common Core, it was developed by a bipartisan group of governors and educators.

Bolin declined to say how much money he had raised for his public lands campaign. He won't have to file a campaign finance report with South Dakota's secretary of state until the Adidas Primeknit Tubular Basketball end of the year.

Opposition includes some education experts who disagree with the standards themselves an emphasis on reading nonfiction has proven particularly contentious. Others dislike the fact that 45 states have adopted the same standards, fearing they threaten local control.

´╗┐Candidate quits race to fight Common Core

Even as he's traveled to Republican dinners across the state campaigning for public lands commissioner, Bolin also has attended meetings and debates about Common Core. Last month, he helped debate Education Secretary Melody Schopp and former education secretary Rick Melmer in a high octane Sioux Falls forum. On Thursday, the Canton resident was in Spearfish for another meeting about Common Core.

But he said the move was "absolutely not" a reflection of problems with his campaign.

The South Dakota Board of Education adopted the standards in 2010, and schools statewide are implementing them this school year after two years of teacher training paid for by the state to the tune of $6.7 million. That fact has not deterred opponents, who have been increasingly vocal here and across the country.

teachers' union officials.

by setting out the things students are expected to do and know. "It really gets to the heart of what we expect students to know and be able to do by the time they graduate."

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But while supporters see those "significant changes" as helping fit education to the modern world, Bolin and others worry Common Core will have a sharply negative impact.

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It's not unusual that Common Core has drawn vocal opposition in South Dakota. The standards have drawn an array of criticism around the country, from opponents as diverse as tea party activists and Adidas Shoes Originals Womens

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