12:08 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Lake Area Tech Recognized As One Of Nation's Top Community Colleges

Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown is a Finalist-with-Distinction for the 2015 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. The school has received the honor each of the three years the Prize has been awarded.

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3:54 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

SD Childhood Obesity Rates Stagnate

State health experts say that more than one third of South Dakota’s children are overweight or obese. That’s according to the most recent sampling from schools across the state. The numbers aren’t much worse than the previous year but they also aren’t any better.

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12:45 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Lawmakers Eye Late-Session Options

Lawmakers in Pierre are keeping pieces of legislation afloat until they have final funding numbers. That sometimes means they’re using stop-gap measures to keep legislation alive.

The 2015 South Dakota State Legislative Session ends on Friday, and lawmakers are on deadline. The House Appropriations committee passed 14 separate measures during Monday’s meeting alone, but some of the bills are incomplete – and that’s part of the strategy.

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11:32 pm
Sun March 8, 2015

Lawmakers Debate Funding For Pilot Program To Tailor Online Textbooks, Rubric, for SD

Credit Photo by Victoria Wicks

The House Appropriations Committee is considering a bill to pay an education company to evaluate textbooks and to make “living textbooks” available online. Bill sponsors asked for half a million dollars for the state Department of Education to pay a contractor to analyze and develop textbooks that meet South Dakota standards. But as SDPB’s Victoria Wicks reports, the department of education testified against the bill.

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3:00 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Dakota Midday: Young Musicians Win Symphony Competition

This Saturday’s Black Hills Symphony Orchestra concert features Rapid City Central High School junior Paige Werner as soloist in a performance of an oboe concerto by Alessandro Marcello. Werner is the senior division winner of this year’s Young Artist Competition, sponsored by the Black Hills Symphony Orchestra and Symphony League. Violinist Ingrid Anderson won the junior division for her performance of Ernest Bloch's "Improvisation No. 2 from Baal Shem."

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3:15 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Dakota Midday: Longtime Pierre Educator Honored for Support of Arts

Jeannette Beemer

Last month, longtime Pierre music teacher Jeannette Beemer was honored for her lasting legacy with a 2015 Governor’s Award in the Arts for Outstanding Support of the Arts by an Individual.

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12:55 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Governor Proposes Education Task Force

Governor Dennis Daugaard is proposing a task force to study education in South Dakota.

Daugaard says the summer study group should reevaluate the state education funding formula and seek answers to tough questions facing school districts.

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2:20 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Dakota Midday: Reading Recovery

Reading Recovery teacher and student
Credit Reading Recovery

Over the past thirty years, first graders who have had trouble with reading have found help through the Reading Recovery program. Specially trained teachers work individually with students in daily 30 minute lessons that last for about 12 to 20 weeks.

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4:30 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Superintendent: Rapid City Schools Face Tough Budget Cuts

Dr. Tim Mitchell Superintendent of Rapid City Schools

The Superintendent of Rapid City Schools says his district is facing some tough budget decisions.   Dr.

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2:20 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Dakota Midday: SDEA President

We are in the middle of American Education Week. This is the National Education Association’s 93rd celebration of public schools and the people who make quality education possible across the country.

Mary McCorkle is the new president of the South Dakota Education Association. She assumed that position this summer. She worked as a teacher at the Mobridge-Pollock School District for 32 years before moving to Pierre to lead the state teachers union.

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3:12 am
Thu November 20, 2014

SDEA Pres: Good Education Is A Right

The South Dakota Education Association’s new president wants people to understand how the state fits into the country’s conversations about public schools. This is American Education Week. The purpose is to celebrate all people who make quality education possible. The new SDEA leader says good schools require input from everyone.

The 93rd annual American Education Week theme is "Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility."

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2:33 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

South Dakota Wins

  South Dakota has a quality of life that's second to none. Our friendly communities, low cost of living and limitless fulfilling career opportunities make the land of Great Faces and Great Places a great place to live. As Governor of South Dakota, I'm committed to maintaining our quality of life and growing our economy.

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Education - Red Cloud - Toyota
2:47 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Red Cloud Indian School Receives 2nd Toyota Grant

Red Cloud Indian School botany teacher and greenhouse coordinator Aminah Hasseun, with kindergarten students, watering bean and pea seedlings they’ve just planted.
Credit ©Christopher Ives / Red Cloud Indian School

Red Cloud Indian School has received a grant from the Toyota U.S.A. Foundation to prepare students to pursue college degrees and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math through hands-on learning experiences for Lakota youth. This is the second consecutive grant for the school.

Red Cloud Indian School superintendent Ted Hamilton says it’s unusual to receive subsequent grants from the Toyota U.S.A. Foundation.

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4:19 am
Fri October 10, 2014

SD Gubernatorial Candidates Debate

Gov. Dennis Daugaard, Mike Myers, State Rep. Susan Wismer debate on SDPB TV / October 9, 2014
Credit SDPB

Each of the three candidates for Governor of South Dakota is highlighting why voters should choose him or her to lead the state. With less than one month until people go to the polls, gubernatorial hopefuls met on live television for a debate on South Dakota Public Broadcasting. The debate lasted one hour. This latest gubernatorial faceoff touched briefly on several statewide issues, but two primary topics dominated the discussion: education and health care.

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2:54 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Education Funding Talks Held In SD

One analysis of state education funding shows South Dakota puts less money into schools now than a generation ago. A series of public meetings is offering South Dakotans a glimpse at funding trends. The discussions include details about South Dakota’s education policy and offer an opportunity to collaborate with other people in the community.

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1:34 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

BHSU Begins School Year with New President

Black Hills State University President Dr. Tom Jackson, Jr.
Credit Black Hills State University

When students arrive at Black Hills State University this weekend, a new president will welcome them to the Spearfish campus. Dr. Tom Jackson, Jr. started his new duties as BHSU's tenth President on July 3rd. He succeeded Kay Schellencamp who retired at the end of the last academic year.

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2:46 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Mentoring South Dakota's New Superintendents

Hillcrest Elementary School, Brookings, SD
Credit Brookings School District

School Administrators of South Dakota (SASD) reports about 25 percent of the state’s school superintendents entering the upcoming school year are new to the job. Those positions are often filled with principals who suddenly find themselves with a much longer job description and two or more full-time jobs.

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4:15 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

New Teaching Scholarships Awarded

Credit Kealey Bultena

Nineteen South Dakota college students are the recipients of a brand new scholarship program for future teachers. The Critical Teaching Needs Scholarship Program covers two years of college tuition for people who commit to teaching in South Dakota in certain subjects. 

State leaders identify four main areas of critical need in South Dakota schools for the scholarship: career and technical education, math, science and special ed.

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2:00 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

FRONTLINE Examines Resurgence of School Segregation

Students in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Credit Courtesy of FRONTLINE

Sixty years ago in the Brown vs Board of Education ruling, the Supreme Court declared racially segregated unconstitutional. Ten years later President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act which guaranteed all Americans equal protection under the law. Under Johnson, the federal government began an aggressive push to integrate schools. But the racial divide in schools has grown over the past couple decades.

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1:25 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Lawmakers Start Two-Year Edu Study

State lawmakers are beginning a two-year study examining education in South Dakota. They plan to establish several areas of focus, and one is likely to be the connection between school funding and student achievement.

Members of the legislative planning committee want to improve educational outcomes in state schools. The 11-member panel begins that process with an in-depth examination of how South Dakota funds K-12 education. It includes details about the current funding mechanism and its history to deep analysis of property tax assessments.

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3:39 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Author and Professor Discuss Need For Passionate Teachers

Dave Burgess, author of "Teach Like a Pirate"
Credit Dave Burgess

Dave Burgess is a teacher and author of the New York Times best-seller "Teach Like A Pirate." In the book he outlines the need for passion and innovation in the classroom. On June 18-19, Burgess will present his ideas at a South Dakota State University event meant to encourage more students to become teachers. Dave Burgess joined the program to discuss his book. Later in the segment, SDSU associate professor Sharon Vestal addressed the purpose of Burgess' appearance and the need for math and science teachers.

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2:01 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Friends Remember Ruth Ziolkowski

Ruth and Korczak Ziolkowski.
Credit Crazy Horse Memorial

Ruth Ziolkowski died last night at the age of 87.  Ziolkowski continued her husband Korczak's dream of honoring Native Americans by carving the likeness of Crazy Horse into the Black Hills of South Dakota.  Under her direction, the Crazy Horse Memorial turned into a national draw.  Jack Marsh, former President and CEO of the Freedom Forum and co-founder of the Crazy Horse Journalism Workshop, and Tim Giago, founder of the Native Sun News and the Native American Journalists Association, shared memories of their friend and colleague, Ziolkowski.

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10:37 am
Wed May 14, 2014

SD Education, Business Work In China

One business agreement between a South Dakota company and a Chinese industry is a done deal. Business, education, and political leaders from South Dakota are in China this week on a trade mission. Governor Dennis Daugaard says the deal has been in the works, and it happened to come together while the delegation is in Asia. The governor hasn’t disclosed additional details.

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Education - Lakota - Nobel
12:33 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Nobel Peace Price Winner Visits Red Cloud School

Lakota Children’s Enrichment hosted its annual competition of poems and essays to amplify the voices of Lakota youth on Pine Ridge. This year’s theme, says founder Maggie Dunne, was “Voices of the Land”, which offered youth perspectives on critical land issues.
Credit Courtesy Lakota Children’s Enrichment

Representatives of Lakota Children's Enrichment are on the Pine Ridge Reservation this week for a three-day Youth Summit. The non-profit organization’s primary mission is to empower Lakota youth through opportunities in education and the arts, as well as assistance in creating community volunteer programs. 

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2:12 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Mark O'Connor: American Fiddler

Mark O'Connor
Credit Jim McGuire

Violinist Mark O'Connor is one of today's most remarkable and versatile musicians. He plays jazz, county, bluegrass, folk and classical. He's also an accomplished guitarist and mandolin player. He's composed a number of orchestral works, including his "Fiddle Concerto" which has become the most-performed modern violin concerto of the last forty years. As an educator, he's developed the O'Connor Violin Method. The thread holding all of O'Connor's musical endeavors together is a distinctly American approach.

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9:41 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Harding County Pep Band Provides Spirited Atmosphere at State Tourney

The new Harding County School in Buffalo, SD. The high school's pep band played at the State Class "B" Boys Basketball Tournament in Aberdeen on Saturday, March 22, 2014

The South Dakota High School Activities Association hosted State Boys’ Basketball Tournaments over the weekend—one of the most raucous venues every year is the Barnett Center in Aberdeen, site of the annual Class “B” Tournament. It’s already a loud atmosphere, with some communities emptied of most of their residents if their teams qualify. But there’s another element to the State Tournaments that many people enjoy—and miss when it’s not there.

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2:55 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

The Joys of Mentoring Kids

DakotThere are currently eleven hundred adults in the Sioux Falls area mentoring kids as a part of Lutheran Social Services’ Mentoring Services. But with more than 500 young students on a growing waiting list, the organization has launched a campaign to recruit 500 additional men and women willing to serve as mentors over the next three years. Kerri DeGraff and David Benson are both serving as mentors in Sioux Falls.

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2:47 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Lawmakers Deny Additional Funding for JAG

A program that has the goal of graduating at-risk youth won’t receive additional funding this year.  Jobs for America’s Graduates, or JAG, is a nationwide program found in communities with low high school graduation rates. It started six years ago in South Dakota. Representative Troy Heinert says his mom helped start the pilot program. He backs the general appropriations amendment asking for an additional $250,000 in funding.

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10:49 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Requests for PSA Increases Defeated

Lawmakers in control of drafting the state’s general budget Friday defeated two amendments to increase school funding through the per-student allocation. Governor Dennis Daugaard proposed a 3 percent across the board budget increase for education, but some lawmakers are fighting for more. The argument stems from schools’ reserves.

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5:22 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Some Performance Data to be Kept Confidential

State Senators have approved a measure that seeks to keep some teacher evaluation data private. House Bill 1030 keeps individual teacher, principal and other school employee’s performance appraisals confidential. Senator David Omdahl opposes the bill.

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