Education

USD Law School Weighing Move to Sioux Falls

VERMILLION, S.D.- It’s been the talk of the town in vermillion–the University of South Dakota possibly moving the state’s only law school to Sioux Falls. USD’s president last Friday announced the formation of a taskforce to review the potential move. He says law schools all over the nation have seen a decrease in enrollment and USD is no exception. Eric Ronke…

‘See Something, Say Something’: Superintendent’s Message Following Threat At WHS

Sioux Falls Police Deem Threat Made By Student Not Credible

There was extra police presence at Washington High School in Sioux Falls Monday morning following a possible threat made by a student last week. Police say other students became worried after they overheard the teen talking about shooting up the school. As kids were arriving at school on Monday, Sioux Falls Police had extra officers at Washington High School. They…

Author Looks To Help Readers Learn About Adulthood

"All the life secrets nobody bothered to tell you"

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – An author who grew up in South Sioux City, Nebraska is helping those who just graduated, or have been in the working world for a bit, learn how to perfect adulthood. Andy Boyle just released his book ‘Adulthood *for Beginners’ this May. “The idea was, I wish I had a bunch of this advice when I…

President Rob Oliver Gives Final Speech at Augustana University Graduation

Rob Oliver served as the university's 23rd president. His last day is July 31st

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-  More than 400 students from Augustana University earned their degrees today. The university not only recognized the achievements of the class of 2017 but also retiring President Rob Oliver, who gave the commencement address and said his final goodbye. “Normally, I have run the commencement activities, this time I am the speaker,” says Augustana University’s 23rd President…

‘New life’ Initiative To Recruit American Indian Students

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota State University is pursuing a new initiative to increase the number of students at the school from the nine tribal nations in South Dakota. President Barry Dunn said Friday that the goal of the initiative, which is in its early stages, is to dramatically improve educational opportunities for American Indian students from South…

Iowa Faces Shortage Of English Language Teachers

STORM LAKE, Iowa (AP) – Iowa school districts are struggling to meet the need for more English language teachers amid growing demand from students and stagnant state funding. The Des Moines Register reports that enrollment in English language learner programs has grown five times in the last 25 years to more than 27,200 students in 2016. Forty-one percent of students…

Workforce Education Grants Totaling Over $1 Million Awarded

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The state Department of Education says four South Dakota school districts and one private nonprofit corporation have been awarded workforce education grants totaling over $1 million. The agency said Thursday that the five grants are for projects ranging from developing a new architecture and construction program at Webster Area School District to creating a new agriculture…

SD Supreme Court Upholds State Membership In Testing Group

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Supreme Court has upheld the state’s participation in a group that developed Common Core-aligned testing for students. The high court in an opinion filed Wednesday affirmed a lower court’s decision in favor of the state and South Dakota officials. The Michigan-based Thomas More Law Center, a conservative Christian group, sued in 2015 on…

Vote For Parker! Small School Takes One More Shot At National Title

The Parker High School Art program hopes to beat out 3,000 contenders for the $50,000 prize.

    Four years ago, the Parker High School art class entered the national Vans Shoe Design Contest, not knowing what, if anything would come out of it. The school finished third in the country followed by a runner up finish the year after. The team just missed a top five finish a year ago and now are poised to…

SF School Board Votes For 2018 Pre-Labor Day Start

SIOUX FALLS – The Sioux Falls School Board voted unanimously Monday night in approval of the 2018-19 school calendar. That calendar includes moving the start date up to August 23, 2018. The last day of school is scheduled for May 21, 2019. In 2015, voters decided to push the start date to after Labor Day. However, survey conducted earlier this…

Marchers March in the Name of Science

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Hundreds of community members in Sioux Falls marched in solidarity with others across the world all in the name of science. The march is a grassroots effort to advocate for the sciences as valuable fields of study that should have a role in forming policies that shape the world. “I only march periodically, but I am constantly resistant,…

A Senior Class Unlike Any Other

Students re-stock trout, collect data for DNR

CAMDEN STATE PARK, Minn. – A unique class for seniors at one Minnesota high school started with a request to the Department of Natural Resources. A teacher at Southwest Christian in Edgerton was looking for a hands-on lesson in river ecology. Five years later, and that relationship is now providing research for the DNR. KDLT photojournalist Josh Bixler caught up…

Dr. Lein: “It’s Hard To Walk Away”

The Harrisburg High School prinicpal will be taking on a new role next school year

HARRISBURG, S.D. – At the end of this school year, the principal at Harrisburg High School will be moving on to another career. He’s been head of the school for the past seven years, witnessing the growth of the community and experiencing first hand one of its most terrifying times; making it a hard goodbye. “It went really fast, I…

Students Go Deep Underground To Learn About Science

LEAD, S.D. (AP) – Students from around South Dakota are going deep underground to learn answers to some of the most challenging science questions. The Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead has a Dakota Digital Network connection so researchers and others can connect with classrooms from deep beneath the earth. The Sanford lab is a former gold mine which closed…

Airman Receives Degree Before Deployment

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Today marks a special day that one South Dakota man didn’t think he would be able to see.  An Airman from the 114th Fighter Wing who is deploying soon thought he was going to miss his graduation, but the university held a special graduation ceremony for the Airman today at Joe Foss Field. There’s a sense…

Sioux City School District Budget Director Placed On Leave

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – The Sioux City school district’s budget director has been placed on leave after raising concerns about the superintendent’s management style. Documents say the district placed John Chalstrom on paid administrative leave Feb. 13. The move wasn’t announced publicly. Chalstrom had accused superintendent Paul Gausman of creating a hostile workplace and threatening his job if he…