South Dakota


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Sioux Falls enrollment drop causes $2.5 million loss in state aid
Oct 27, 5:27 AM: South Dakota's largest school district was expected to increase by nearly 200 students this school year but instead saw a decrease of close to 300.
SD students suffering loss of learning during school closures
May 11, 6:27 AM: Millions of American schoolchildren, including tens of thousands in South Dakota, are suffering a loss of learning and reduced exposure to instructional rigor now that schools across the country have closed because of the >
S.D. students suffering loss of learning during school closures
Apr 27, 6:08 AM: As of mid-April, South Dakota and more than two dozen other states had decided schools would not reopen again during the spring semester. National experts and state and local educators acknowledge that remote learning, >
Native American charter school bill killed
Mar 6, 9:24 AM: An effort to "smoke out" a bill to establish Native American charter schools failed to receive the necessary votes to bring it to the House floor.
Native American charter school bill filed in South Dakota Legislature
Jan 23, 9:19 AM: There has been discussion lately about focused charter schools because of the low graduation rate among Native American high school students; not just in South Dakota but other states as well.
Charter school legislation in S.D. seen as path to improved outcomes for Native students
Nov 25, 7:02 AM: A push is underway for legislation to allow creation of charter schools that would integrate Indian culture, language and history into a curriculum designed to improve academic achievement among Native American children, >
Rural schools in S.D. face unique challenges that can affect learning
Nov 18, 8:36 AM: Small, rural school systems in South Dakota and across the country face sometimes daunting challenges in providing a strong education to students.
New coalition hopes to create public charter schools based on Oceti Sakowin values
Nov 18, 8:12 AM: A new coalition hopes to improve Native American educational opportunities and outcomes by creating public charter schools in Rapid City and across the state based on the values of the Oceti Sakowin, the Lakota, Dakota and >
Only half of South Dakota students proficient in English; less than half in math and science
Oct 1, 8:25 AM: South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said she is disappointed in recent statewide standardized test scores indicating that just over half of students were proficient in English language and fewer than half showed proficiency in >
Secretary of Education focuses in on 'opportunity gap' to help low income students succeed
Sep 18, 6:41 AM: More than 90% of students attend school every day in South Dakota and about that same amount complete high school.
Column: Knowledge-rich curriculum may narrow achievement gap
Aug 8, 7:31 AM: Last month, I traveled to Pierre for a civics education summit sponsored by new South Dakota Secretary of Education Ben Jones. This turned out to be one of the most useful and encouraging workshops I’ve attended in my more >
As SC public education revamp stalls, private school voucher supporters mount new push
Apr 5, 5:25 AM: With a bill attempting to overhaul public education stalled in the Senate, advocates for helping parents pay for private tuition with state taxes officially renewed their push at the Statehouse on Thursday. >
State Representative Scyller Borglum tackles rural education with new initiative
Apr 2, 6:28 AM: Representative Borglum wants to help high school students in less-populated areas have a better shot at going to post-secondary schools. She plans to have one-on-one sessions with educators, students and parents around the >
Lawmakers back bigger tax break for companies who fund private-school scholarships
Feb 19, 6:36 AM: South Dakota lawmakers are considering boosting tax breaks for insurance companies that contribute to a fund paying for private school scholarships.
SD House passes bill requiring citizenship tests for high school graduation
Feb 15, 7:14 AM: Passed by a 38-31 vote, House Bill 1066 would require that students in public schools and state-accredited private schools pass a 10-question civics test in order to graduate high school. The 10 questions would be sourced >
Noem's plan to see high schoolers pass U.S. Citizenship test advances with some changes
Feb 11, 8:23 AM: The measure, HB 1066, was initially submitted following Noem's State of the State address in which she pushed for stronger civics education in the state's high schools. The act would have required all students in public, >
Committee sends civics education bill to full Senate
Jan 23, 8:22 AM: The Senate Education Committee, on Jan. 22, passed on to the Senate floor a bill that would increase the number of credits in civics that public high school students would need to take in order to graduate.
Column: Workforce shortage calls for creative recruitment
Jan 15, 7:09 AM: Certain positions are very difficult to find candidates for. This is true in many industries and may include positions at all levels of experience and includes technical positions. In fact, the State of South Dakota has >
Sioux Falls schools consider test to show students are ready for workforce
Jan 15, 7:04 AM:

The Sioux Falls School District is looking to ensure more students graduate ready to enter college or the workforce, and adding another test could be part of the solution.

In State of State Noem pledges to expand broadband access, workforce, wildlife habitat
Jan 9, 6:20 AM: She added that civics need to reemerge. “I will be bringing legislation to require that every high school graduate be able to pass the United States citizenship exam,” Noem said. To this, Noem received a standing ovation >



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