Education

Dakota Wesleyan University Partners With Apple To Bring Technology To The Classroom

Mitchell, S.D.- A South Dakota university plans on changing the way their students learn by introducing technology in the classroom by partnering with Apple. “I think this is going to be huge. I think it’s really going to set us up well for getting jobs and being successful in the workforce,” says Junior Athletic Training Student Maria Koenen. Dakota Wesleyan…

Minnesota District Drops 2 Classic Novels, Cite Racial Slurs

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) – Two classic American novels will no longer be required reading in eastern Minnesota schools because they contain racial slurs. “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and “To Kill a Mockingbird” will be dropped from the Duluth school district’s English classes next year. School officials say the move is part of an effort to be considerate to all…

South Dakota Considers Ban On Teaching About Gender Identity

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota lawmakers will consider banning public school teaching on gender identity in elementary and middle schools, a push that critics say is similar to some states limiting the positive portrayal of homosexuality in the classroom. Nathan Smith, public policy director at GLSEN, a national group, says the state would be the first to block instruction…

Bill To Bar People In US Illegally From SD Colleges Rejected

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A legislative committee has rejected a bill aiming to ban people who are living in the U.S. illegally from enrolling at South Dakota’s public colleges. The Senate Education Committee voted 5-2 Thursday against the bill. Republican Sen. Stace Nelson’s bill would have declared such people ineligible for resident tuition, scholarships or other financial aid. He says…

Iowa Educators Warn K-12 Budget Plan Will Lead To Cuts

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Some school superintendents in Iowa say a K-12 education spending plan moving through the Legislature will not keep up with rising annual costs for their districts and will lead to budget cuts. Lawmakers in the Republican-controlled chambers scheduled floor votes Wednesday to approve $32 million in new funding. That’s a 1 percent increase to Iowa’s…

South Dakota Lawmakers Advance Bill Ending University Union

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota lawmakers have advanced a bill that would end collective bargaining at the state’s public universities. The House State Affairs Committee voted Wednesday to send the bill to the chamber’s floor. It hasn’t yet passed through the Senate. House Speaker Mark Mickelson says his goal is to promote the flexibility and nimbleness of the institutions….

Parents Trying To Keep Kids Going To School

Sioux Falls, S.D.- It’s widely considered that education is an important part of life, but how do parents keep their kids interested in going to school? “We have to force our kids to go to school because that instills a good work ethic and attendance ethic and just everything overall,” says Marilyn Whitney, a mother of five. Everyone knows going…

Bill Banning School Administrators From Bargaining Fails

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – State lawmakers have rejected a bill that would have banned public school administrators from collective bargaining in right-to-work South Dakota. The House Education Committee voted 8-6 Friday against the proposal, which critics called unnecessary. House Speaker Mark Mickelson, the bill’s sponsor, says there are times when the actions of the union run contrary to schools’ mission…

Iowa Republicans Unite Behind $32M Increase For K-12 Schools

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Republicans appear united in proposing about $32 million in new funding toward the state’s roughly $3.2 billion K-12 education budget. A GOP-controlled Senate education committee voted 9-6 Thursday for the 1 percent increase. Data shows per-pupil spending would go up by $67, totaling $6,731. The vote comes one day after the education committee in…

Wessington Springs Approve $3.5 Million Bond For Building Upgrades

Sixty-Two Percent Of Voters Favored The Bond Issue

WESSINGTON SPRINGS, S.D. (AP) – Voters in the Wessington Springs school district have approved a $3.5 million bond issue for building upgrades, just two months after defeating a more expensive measure. Sixty-two percent of voters in Tuesday’s election favored the bond issue, which needed 60 percent approval to pass. The money will cover various improvements, from plumbing to electrical systems….

SD Official: Universities Shouldn’t Be Immigration Police

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A top South Dakota Board of Regents official says universities shouldn’t play the role of immigration police after a lawmaker proposed banning people who are living in the U.S. illegally from enrolling at the state’s public colleges. Mike Rush, the regents’ executive director and CEO, says the board doesn’t believe it’s an issue at South Dakota…

Kids Learning About Science In First Lego League

Sioux Falls, S.D.- A competition is teaching kids about robotics and coding while instilling teamwork and fun. The First Lego League is an international organization teaching younger children about the fun of science as well as building valuable life skills. The league is supposed to be a spark for workplace development within the science, technology, engineering and math community, gearing…

Teacher’s Union Pans Bill Targeting University Faculty Union

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota teacher’s union says a bill to end collective bargaining at state public universities is an attempt to silence the voice of educators. South Dakota Education Association President Mary McCorkle says the measure would make it harder for South Dakota’s public universities to recruit and keep world-class faculty. McCorkle says it would hurt the…

Senator Wants To Bar People In US Illegally From SD Colleges

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota state senator has proposed banning people who are living in the U.S. illegally from enrolling at any of the state’s public universities. Republican Sen. Stace Nelson’s bill introduced this week would also declare such people ineligible for resident tuition, scholarships or other financial aid. He says legislators’ responsibilities are to South Dakotans. The…

Lawmaker Seeks Control Over Public University Tuition Hikes

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The state Legislature would have control over tuition increases at South Dakota’s public universities under a bill introduced at the Capitol. Republican Rep. Lynne DiSanto said Tuesday that the state Board of Regents, which currently sets tuition and fees, needs more oversight. DiSanto’s bill says the board would fix tuition only after the Legislature has approved…

Dairy Program at SDSU Flourishing

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – It’s fair to say the dairy program at South Dakota State University is doing well. Along with an education, students gain real world experience, as well as an incredible 100% job placement. However, in many cases students have a job waiting for them before they graduate, due to the high demand in the industry. Members of…

Augustana Athletic Director Larscheid Stepping Down

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Augustana University athletic director Slade Larscheid is stepping down to pursue other opportunities and spend more time with family. The 34-year-old Larscheid has been on the job at the Sioux Falls school for about four years. His last day on the job will be Jan. 26. The university plans to appoint an interim AD and…

Hartford Facing Daycare Shortage, Current Facilities at Maximum Capacity

HARTFORD, S.D.- The city of Sioux Falls and its surrounding communities are expanding at a rapid pace. Along with expansion, often comes growing pains. The community of Hartford is currently experiencing a side effect of their rapid growth in the form of a shortage of day care facilities. “Right now, I’m full though may of 2019,” said Ashli O’Kane, director…