Education

USF Gives Students a Real Life Low-Income Experience

USF hosts the Community Action Poverty Simulation

SIOUX FALLS, SD— In the Stewart Center over 70 University of Sioux falls students are participated in a unique poverty simulation, where they experienced what it was like for more than 7 million low income families in the United States. “My family name is the Boling,” said Malley Moore, USF Freshman. “Barbara is pregnant, we have a low-income, our dad just…

University Drone Teams Compete in Grand Forks Racing Competition

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) – Drone pilots from nearly two dozen universities across the country gathered in Grand Forks over the weekend to compete in the national collegiate drone racing championship at the University of North Dakota. For about 60 pilots from 23 university club teams it’s more than competition, it’s about having the opportunity to meet with drone industry…

School District Discussing Cuts to Art, Music and PE Class Time

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – There is discussion within the Sioux Falls School District about cutting down class time in art, music, and PE in elementary schools.  But, some parents aren’t happy with the idea. “Especially at the elementary level, especially in winters like we have, where they don’t go outside for recess,” one parent said to the school board and district…

Iowa Governor Signs Campus Free Speech Legislation

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa’s governor has signed a bill backed by conservative groups that requires public universities and community colleges to implement policies protecting free speech on campus. The Des Moines Register reports that Gov. Kim Reynolds signed the legislation Wednesday mandating that the schools consider what changes they need to make to maintain the “fullest degree of…

A Trip That Could Change Everything

Cyber Security students at Dakota State University details the opportunities that could come from a national conference this week

Only a handful of students nationwide ever get this opportunity. The 6th annual Women in Cyber Security (WiCyS) Conference kicks off Thursday in Pittsburgh. The best and brightest in their fields from industry, government, and academia will be there. And eight Dakota State Students have been accepted to attend as well. The 500 students selected to attend all have to…

National American University to Close All Campuses, Offer Online Courses

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota based National American University is closing most of its campuses, including in Sioux Falls and Rapid City. President and CEO, Ronald Shape, tells KDLT News that the university will transition to online courses. The university will close campuses in nine states including South Dakota, Minnesota, and Nebraska. NAU’s headquarters will remain in Rapid City and…

Opioid Antidotes to be Allowed in South Dakota Public Schools

Gov. Noem signed SB84 to allow opioid antidotes in schools

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Sioux Falls area is not immune to the opioid crisis. “It has finally arrived here, there are probably other places in the country that has gotten hit harder than Sioux Falls,” said Sam Clemens, Sioux Falls Public Information Officer. “What we’re seeing now is everything tends to be trending upward, as far as the amount of…

Someone You Should Know: Chad Pickard’s Passion for Bicycling Extends into Schools

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Sioux Falls man with a passion for biking is hoping to pass on his love for two wheels to the next generation. Chad Pickard’s life revolves around two wheels. He’s made his passion his life’s work, as the owner of “Spoke-N-Sport” bicycle shop. “Everybody here, we truly believe the bike is an amazing tool that…

Trump to Order Colleges to Back Free Speech or Lose Funding

Brendan Smialowski / AFP – Getty ImagesPresident Donald Trump is expected to order U.S. colleges to protect free speech on their campuses or risk losing federal funding. White House officials say Trump on Thursday will sign an executive order requiring colleges to certify that their policies support free speech as a condition of receiving federal research grants. Trump initially proposed…

US Attorney Says Schools Not Involved In Scam

BOSTON (AP) – The Latest on a college admissions bribery scandal that has led to charges against coaches and celebrities Fifty people have been charged in what federal officials say is the largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the Justice Department. Among those charged are nine coaches of elite schools and 33 parents who prosecutors say paid “enormous sums”…

School Zone: Teaching Peace and Conflict Resolution at West Central

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Peace and conflict resolution. They’re subjects that aren’t taught in your every day curriculum, but are incredibly important to learn. Today and tomorrow, students at West Central High School are getting a first hand lesson. Allison Sturma from the United States Institute of Peace flew out to teach students how they resolve conflict and promote peace. The…

Closing the Gap: DigiGirlz Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Omnitech, a South Dakota software engineering firm partnered with Microsoft to hold their second annual DigiGirlz day at the University Center in Sioux Falls on March 7th. Around 100 middle school and high school girls from across South Dakota had an opportunity to learn about potential careers in technology. They were exposed to things they wouldn’t typically see in…

Iowa Considers Rules to Limit Use of School Seclusion Rooms

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa is considering new rules to limit school districts from using padded seclusion rooms to discipline children following a violent outburst. The Des Moines Register reports that the proposed changes seek to limit the frequency rooms are used and implement a better system to notify parents. The rules also seek new specifications for the wooden…

Sioux Falls School Leaders Apologize for KKK Attire in Play

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Sioux Falls School District is apologizing for allowing a high school play performance that included student actors dressed in Ku Klux Klan clothing. District administrators say the production of “The Foreigner” at Roosevelt High School last weekend was not properly vetted. A local social advocacy group Establishing Sustainable Connections raised concerns about the racist attire….