Education

Volunteers Prep For Election Day In Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Tuesday is Election Day in the City of Sioux Falls. While the polls may not open until 7 a.m. tomorrow, volunteers are already working behind the scenes. There are 55 polling locations in 66 precincts for this year’s election. 250 people volunteer their time during the election. This includes set up, clean up, and ballot preparation….

Lincoln High Students Share Their Immigration Stories

Sioux Falls, S.D. – Moving to a new home can be very challenging.  However, immigrants and refugees have it tougher than anyone. “We want people to know, not just assume things that are going on because you can’t judge a book by its cover.  So you want to know about where they came from and the things they went through…

UMinn wins $42 million biomedical research grant

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A $42 million biomedical research grant to the University of Minnesota is one of the biggest federal grants the school has ever received. The university is announcing the National Institutes of Health grant Friday morning. The Star Tribune says the five-year grant will pay for a variety of research, especially into new devices, tests and treatment methods….

Iowa Board of Regents considers tuition increases

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Board of Regents has proposed raising tuition at the state’s three public universities by 3.5 percent, but thousands of students would see much higher increases under the board’s plan. The Des Moines Register reports that Iowa State University officials are seeking to expand the practice of charging different tuition rates for certain majors,…

Iowa superintendent seeks funds for school security jobs

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) – The Davenport schools superintendent is asking the Legislature to allow reserve funds to be spent on security enhancements and additional staff in the wake of a deadly school shooting in Florida. Art Tate is the superintendent of the Davenport Community School District. He tells the Quad-City Times that the hopes to add a district-level security and…

Board approves tuition increase for tech school students

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Board of Technical Education has approved a slight tuition increase at the state’s four technical institutes for the upcoming school year. The board voted Tuesday for the $2-per-credit hour increase, which officials anticipate will generate roughly $355,000 in additional revenue. The board says students will pay $116 per credit hour in state…

Apple unveils educational app at school event

CHICAGO (AP) – Apple is rolling out a new educational app and giving away extra online storage to teachers and students in an attempt to reclaim some of the ground that it has lost in U.S. classrooms. The additional features announced Tuesday include an app called “Schoolwork” that is designed to help teachers make assignments and monitor their students’ progress….

Sioux Falls School District Seeks Public Input on Growing Student Population

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Sioux Falls school district grows by 200 to 500 students each year. On Monday night, residents and school officials came together to discuss whether or not Sioux Falls needs a new elementary, middle, and/or high school. The district uses the Minnehaha county birth rate from five years ago to calculate the number of kindergartners they…

State Senate sustains veto of changes to scholarship

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota senators have declined to override Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s veto of a bill that would have given home-schooled students another path to get a state scholarship. The Senate voted 21-10 Monday to overcome the veto, falling short of the two-thirds margin required. Republican Sen. Jack Kolbeck, the sponsor, says the bill sought to “create fairness.”…

Tuition assistance program bill veto sustained

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota representatives have voted not to override Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s veto of a bill that aimed to impose new requirements for college tuition assistance programs. Representatives voted 43-20 Monday to overcome the rejection, falling short of the two-thirds margin required for an override. It sought to require tuition assistance programs approved after July 1 to…

Sioux Falls Teen Charged For “Joke” School Shooting Threats

Sioux Falls, S.D. – New details emerging about a teenage boy who police say posted pictures online saying he was going to shoot up a Sioux Falls middle school is now facing serious consequences. “It was relatively late, but we still had a lot of people that notified police right away as soon as they saw this information,” says Officer…

Gov. Dennis Daugaard signs off on SDSU precision ag project

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has approved a major new precision agriculture facility at South Dakota State University. The governor signed bills Thursday authorizing and funding the project. The roughly $55 million project includes building a precision agriculture classroom and laboratory, with renovations to an existing building expected later. Lawmakers addressed about $46 million of the cost in…

“It Can Wait” Campaign Uses VR to Highlight Distracted Driving Dangers

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – AT&T and their “It Can Wait” campaign made a stop at Washington High School in Sioux Falls on Wednesday. Students were able to learn the dangers of distracted driving through a texting and driving simulator. Messages were being received and a phone kept ringing while students tried to drive. The virtual reality goggles work simulated life…

Gov. Dayton suggests $21M to improve school safety

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Gov. Mark Dayton is proposing $21 million in new funding for security enhancements and mental health improvements in Minnesota schools. The Democratic governor unveiled his proposal Wednesday to give schools dedicated funds for improvements like bulletproof glass and secure entrances. School safety is in the spotlight after the recent deadly school shooting in Florida. Republicans…

Bill To End University Collective Bargaining Fails In Senate

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A bill that would have ended collective bargaining at South Dakota’s public universities has failed in the state Senate. The chamber voted 18-16 Tuesday against the plan. It narrowly passed through the House and had Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s support. House Speaker Mark Mickelson, the bill’s sponsor, has said that it would save money and make the…

Iowa Lawmakers Send K-12 Education Funding Bill To Governor

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa lawmakers have approved K-12 education funding for the next school year and sent the spending plan to Gov. Kim Reynolds. The Republican-controlled Senate voted Monday for a bill that will provide a 1 percent increase, or about $32 million in new spending, toward Iowa’s roughly $3.2 billion education budget. The GOP-majority House approved the…

Bill Taking Aim At University Collective Bargaining Advances

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A state Senate committee has passed a bill that would end collective bargaining at South Dakota’s public universities. The Senate State Affairs Committee voted 5-4 Monday to advance the legislation to the chamber’s floor. It has already passed through the House. House Speaker Mark Mickelson, the sponsor, says the bill would save money and make the…