South Dakota Education Association Endorses Billie Sutton

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Last week South Dakota Congresswoman Kristi Noem’s campaign for governor got a shot in the arm from a presidential visit This week, her democratic opponent, Billie Sutton, is picking up the support of some big-name organizations.

It’s a big endorsement for Billie Sutton.

“Public education can not find a better advocate than Billie Sutton,” said Mary McCorkle, the president of the South Dakota Education Association.

The South Dakota Education Association endorsed Sutton for governor. The democratic candidate says education is a key part of his platform.

“Billie has demonstrated willingness to reach across the aisle and in doing so, increases in education funding that might have not otherwise happened did happen,” said McCorkle.

If elected, Sutton says he would start with the youngest South Dakotans.

“We need to take a harder look at access to early childhood education,” said Sutton.

He wants to put together an early childhood education advisory council. In addition, he wants to increase the salaries of K-2 teachers.

“I think we took a good step of getting out of last place in the nation, but we need to get out of last place in our region and get competitive in our region,” said Sutton.

Sutton also met with teachers for a round table discussion. Teachers shared their challenges and which resources they would need to overcome them.

Noem also released a statement about education last month. She says she wants to strengthen technical schools and apprenticeship programs.

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