Education

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,…

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…

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…

Governor approves term limits for regents, education board

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed a pair of bills that impose 12-year term limits on members of the state Board of Regents and a board that sets content standards for elementary and secondary schools. The Republican…

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…

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…

Fifth Graders Team Up to Revamp Community Park

MITCHELL, S.D. - Today is Veronica’s birthday, and it’s also Joclyn’s birthday. However, everyday is a celebrating when you walk into Mrs. Becker’s classroom at Gertie Belle Rogers Elementary in Mitchell. It’s…

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…

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