State Senators Weigh In On Future Of Education Cuts
by Jeff Rusack, Reporter
September 30, 2011 7:32 PM
School has been in session for more than a month now but the legislative session is still months away for state senators and representatives.
With previous cuts in education funding, one state senator believes some school districts are already past the breaking point.
State Senate, Democrat, Angie Buhl said, “there's a district where there are not enough desks for kids and where they don’t have enough books to go around.”
With a 6.6% cut in funding state senators believe something has to be done to get more money back to school districts.
“I think the legislature needs to revisit how we see education. We sort of see it as something we have to do,” said Buhl.
Republican State Senator, Mark Johnston said “generally, the belief is that we are not going to see the reduction in the state budget that we saw last year.”
But education wasn’t the only thing hurt by budget cuts.
“People have to remember that the smallest sector of government reductions was in education. They had the smallest cut of anybody,” said Johnston.
The cuts have already been made this year but some legislators believe it’s important to remember what education means for the state.
“I would love if we saw education initiative as a part of the governor’s office of economic development. And really looked as a way to draw people into South Dakota as opposed to doing the bare minimum,” said Buhl.
Keeping South Dakota's future a priority.