South Dakota


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With only 45 current students, Sioux Falls School District likely to discontinue Virtual Academy program
Mar 31, 7:52 AM: Sioux Falls School District officials say they’re still weighing whether or not to do away with the Virtual Academy they started during the COVID-19 pandemic and at the same time are alerting parents it’s likely to be >
As Native students continue to struggle in SD schools, a Lakota immersion model defeated
Mar 3, 6:57 AM: For the third time in five years, Native American legislators and supporters of improving Native education in South Dakota have proposed legislation that would allow for creation of state-funded charter schools aimed at >
Noem signs bill upping amount tax credit program can use for private school scholarships
Feb 11, 10:28 AM: Gov. Kristi Noem signed a bill Wednesday to increases provisions for partners in the education tax credit program used to fund in-state K-12 private school scholarships.
SD Senate Passes Bill to Create Charter Schools in SD
Feb 10, 10:04 AM: In a show of support for Native American students and culture, the Senate is passing a bill to create immersive charter schools in South Dakota.
House committee passes bill to increase tax credit program that funds private school scholarships
Feb 1, 7:00 AM: The South Dakota House education committee passed a bill Monday that would increase the amount of money the South Dakota Partners in Education tax credit program can give away as scholarships to private school students by >
South Dakota bill seeks to ban teacher unions
Feb 1, 6:24 AM: The bill, introduced by Freshman Rep. Bethany Soye (R-Sioux Falls), would eliminate the ability for teachers to collectively bargain (i.e. form or join a union and negotiate contracts), and would allow a school board to >
SD poised to boost private school funding
Jan 24, 7:56 AM: The South Dakota Senate is passing a $1.5 million funding boost for a private school scholarship program that is funded through tax credits.
SD Senate votes to increase private school scholarships from tax credit program to $3.5M
Jan 21, 8:28 AM: Senators voted to increase the amount of money the Partners in Education tax credit program can give out for scholarships to private school students.
Non-public school enrollment levels off in South Dakota as alternative schools trend in Sioux Falls
Jan 10, 9:07 AM: South Dakota has long prided itself on school choice, but only a fraction of the state's young people — 14,500 K-12 students — are in non-public schools.
Parents of a first grader decide to homeschool if RCAS doesn’t implement masks in school
Aug 24, 10:43 AM: The Rapid City Area school board meetst Monday, just hours before kids put on their backpacks, hop on the bus, and head to classrooms with the option to go maskless.
Couple aim to start new private school in southern Sioux Falls, with standardized testing optional
Mar 24, 6:50 AM: "When we had to do the distance learning, that was kind of really the eye-opener of like, ‘We can do something different,’” Ashlee Johnson said. “There is a way to do this outside of teacher-led instruction. We were forced >
Gov. Kristi Noem’s $900K push for SD civics education curriculum clears first hurdle in House
Feb 24, 8:14 AM: A bill that would direct $900,000 in one-time funds toward Gov. Kristi Noem’s goal of educating South Dakota’s students why the “U.S. is the most special nation in the history of the world” got the green light in the state >
South Dakota teachers’ union president reacts to Noem’s history initiative
Jan 14, 7:58 AM: South Dakota teachers want to learn more about Governor Kristi Noem’s lesson plan for history and civics in public schools across the state. Noem says she wants to improve civic education by teaching kids all that makes >
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.



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