Report: South Dakota teachers no longer lowest paid in US

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A report says South Dakota no longer has the lowest-paid teachers in the U.S. after holding the ranking for more than three decades.

The National Education Association released its annual report on Monday. The report shows that salary increases pushed South Dakota from 51st to 48th in the country, including the District of Columbia. A half-cent sales tax increase in 2016 brought millions of dollars into the state’s school districts.

The report says the state’s average teacher salaries rose nearly 12 percent to almost $47,000.

Gov. Dennis Daugaard credits the increase to the Blue Ribbon Task Force, which recommended the tax increase.

South Dakota still lags behind the annual teacher salary across the U.S. by more than $12,000.

Salaries haven’t met the $48,500 average target lawmakers set two years ago.

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