News

SDEA Lobbies For Education Funding

SDEA Lobbies For Education Funding

Photo: clipart.com

The 2014 legislative session in South Dakota begins this week in Pierre. As always, state funding for education will be one of the major issues. Governor Dennis Daugaard has proposed a three-percent funding increase for local districts, an amount that’s above the required inflation rate of one-point-six percent. Sandy Arseneault, president of the South Dakota Education Association, says while her group appreciates the hike, it still doesn’t fill the gap left by the ten-percent cut three years ago.

A number of state lawmakers are also questioning the move to Common Core standards. Those are achievement goals adopted by a majority of the states, to replace those established by “No Child Left Behind.” Arseneault says many districts have made a big commitment to the new standards.

In past sessions, bills have been introduced that would limit teacher tenure, as well as their ability to negotiate contracts. Arseneault says they hope those types of issues don’t surface this year.

The session opens Tuesday with the governor’s State of the State speech. The legislature is scheduled to meet into mid-March.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Changes To Iowa Snap Program

Fresh
MoneyDollarsCoins

It now costs Iowa grocery stores and other businesses more to accept payments through the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

in Local

Iowa Lottery Moving To New Building

Fresh
Lottery

The head of the Iowa Lottery says his agency's move into a new building is still scheduled to happen before the end of the year.

in Local

Heineman Names Nelson Lt. Governor

Fresh
Dave Heineman

Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman says many factors led him to choose state Senator John Nelson, an attorney from Omaha, as his lieutenant governor for the final three months of his administration.

in Local

Nebraska Wind and Solar Conference Boosts Interest in Clean Energy

windmills near norden

The Wind and Solar Conference in La Vista offers a large pool of resources for anyone interested in clean energy development.

in Local

CNA Training Program Aimed at Boosting Labor Pool

Healthcare

The Rural Rewards Program offers CNA certification to students in hopes to boost health care work force.