Education

More Teachers Retiring than Recruited

More than 30 percent of South Dakota's full-time educators are at least 51

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) – Statistics from the South Dakota Department of Education show that the state’s teachers are nearing retirement at a faster pace than first-year teachers are being recruited. Some educators are wondering if the South Dakota Legislature’s 2016 move to boost teacher pay came soon enough. Last year, lawmakers passed a 0.5 percent sales tax increase in hopes…

Senior Project Provides Hands On Experience, Takes Two Iowa Teens Back In Time

Two northwest Iowa teens are taking a trip back in time after an old tractor was donated to their high school. In the process of restoring the piece of machinery to its former beauty, the students are getting hands on experience and a history lesson. With just one look, it’s easy to see that this machine has seen better days….

SD Lawmakers Deny Home-School Activity Bill

SIOUX FALLS – South Dakota lawmakers defeated a bill Monday that would have expanded extra curricular opportunities for home-school students but lawmakers say the cause has another shot. The bill would have allowed home school students to participate in extracurricular activities in public schools without school board approval. The current law states that each local school board has to approve…

South Dakota Senators Vote To Confirm Trump’s Pick For Secretary Of Education

SDEA President, Sioux Falls Residents Express Their Concern About Betsy DeVos

After weeks of controversy, Betsy DeVos, President Donald Trump’s pick for Secretary of Education has been confirmed. In a 50-50 tie in the U.S. Senate, Mike Pence cast the tie breaking vote Tuesday morning; the first Vice President to ever cast the deciding vote confirming a cabinet nominee. After a 24 hour marathon session, Senate Democrats couldn’t convince enough Republicans…

American Heart Association Introduces Bill to Require High Schoolers to Have CPR Skills Before Graduation

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – “Even bad CPR, is still better than nothing at all, “says Jeremy Robertson, EMS Educator. Robertson has been an EMS educator for 15 years and knows during an emergency, every minute counts. “When I go to a cardiac arrest call if I see somebody doing CPR; I know that person’s chances are pretty good, but if…

O’Gorman Principal Named New President Of Sioux Falls Catholic Schools

Courtesy: Sioux Falls Catholic Schools SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — O’Gorman Principal Kyle Groos has been named president of Sioux Falls Catholic Schools. He’ll be filling the post when President Robert Wehde retires later this spring. Groos has worked at O’Gorman since 2003. He’ll begin working with Wehde throughout the spring to ensure a smooth transition, and will officially take over…

South Dakota Senate Panel Approves Science Instruction Bill

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A Senate panel has approved a bill that says teachers can’t be prohibited from discussing the strengths and weaknesses of scientific information on issues such as climate change and evolution during classes. The Senate Education Committee on Tuesday voted 4-3 to send the measure to the chamber’s floor. Republican Sen. Jeff Monroe, the bill’s prime sponsor,…

Arts Institute To Open On Cheyenne River Indian Reservation

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A nonprofit that has provided a variety of programs to youth on South Dakota’s Cheyenne River Indian Reservation is set to establish an arts institute in 2017 that will provide the community greater access to traditional Lakota arts, fine art, and graffiti and street art. The institute is a project of the Cheyenne River Youth…

Working With Da Vinci To Be Better Surgeons

  With three to four arms, small pincers and a high definition camera, this machine looks like something out of a science fiction movie. But it’s actually helping doctors save patients lives and Thursday afternoon, students at O’Gorman High School got a hands on experience, using this machine. “The way you move it, it’s so smooth that it’s like easy…

SD Board Of Education Holds Public Hearing On Proposed Certification Rule Changes

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Board of Education held the first of two public hearings on proposed educator certification rule changes today. The proposed rules constitute an overhaul of the state’s certification system. For more than two years, the Department of Education has been leading stakeholders through a review of the current certification system. “It’s tempting to just tweak…

From Mitchell To Uganda

DWU Students Work With Villages In Community Development

  For a handful of students at Dakota Wesleyan, their winter break was spent thousands of miles away… not on a vacation but on a special mission trip to Uganda.  For some, it was their first time leaving the country, for others it was not… but for all, it was an experience that they’ll cherish forever. “I… cried a little…

Company Gives $50K Donation Under New School Choice Law

PIERRE (AP)– A Sioux Falls company has given a $50,000 contribution to help South Dakota students attend private schools under a state-backed scholarship program. Michael VanErdewyk, CEO and chairman at ReliaMax, said Tuesday that helping students and their families with options to get the best education possible has always been the company’s top priority. Former Sen. Phyllis Heineman, who sponsored…