Education

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…

Iowa State University Settles Harassment Policy Lawsuit

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa State University has changed discrimination and harassment policies and is settling a lawsuit filed last year by a conservative student who challenged them. Student Robert Dunn refused to sign policy statements that said public discussion of controversial subjects including abortion and sexuality could be deemed harassment by university officials. The university says it never…

Cost Of Borrowing Increasing: Credit Counseling Service Offers Ways To Pay Off Cards

The Federal Reserve has increased interest rates twice already in 2017 and is expected to raise them two more times this year. With the cost of borrowing going up, experts say it’s time to start thinking about paying off those credit cards. Lutheran Social Services Certified Credit and Housing Counselor Jesse Hall said, “People cut them up and get rid…

Rural Minnesota School Districts Facing Teacher Shortage

State data show that teacher turnover is higher in smaller districts

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – School districts across Minnesota are struggling to hire and retain teachers. Bob Jaszczak, superintendent of the Kittson Central district, says schools in the rural, northern part of the state have struggled harder than ever to fill open jobs in the past few years. State data show that teacher turnover is higher in smaller districts. Since…

Rapid City To Make Head Start Site For Native American Kids

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A Rapid City nonprofit will receive a $1 million grant toward the construction of a facility that will house a program that helps Native American children with school readiness. The Rapid City Journal reports that Rural America Initiatives announced the grant Thursday from the John T. Vucurevich Foundation. The grant brings the group closer to…