Education

South Dakota Bid To Ban Gender Identity Teaching Shelved

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota lawmaker is dropping a plan that would have made the state the first to ban public schools from teaching about gender identity in elementary and middle schools. Republican Sen. Phil Jensen rewrote his…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Raven Industries Announces $5 Million Donation to SDSU

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -┬áRaven Industries is donating $5 million dollars to South Dakota State University. The money will help establish a "Precision Agriculture" facility in Brookings. The facility allows for collaboration of multiple areas of learning including engineering, agronomy, and…

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