3:44 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Rapid City Teachers Hit Impasse With Administrators

Rapid City School Board President Jim Hansen speaks at a press conference on Friday May15th while School District Attorney Mike Hickey stands by.
Credit Chynna Lockett / SDPB

The Teachers Union in Rapid City has come to an impasse in salary negations with the School District.

Rapid City voters consider opting-out of the property tax freeze in a special June 2nd election.  The extra money would go to schools.  
Teachers don’t agree with the district’s plan if the opt out fails.  Administrators say teachers walked away from negations too soon. 

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2:25 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Rapid City Superintendent Resigns

Superintendent Dr. Tim Mitchell
Credit Chynna Lockett

After 5 years with the Rapid City Area School District, Superintendent Dr. Tim Mitchell announced his resignation at a press conference on Tuesday morning. His resignation is effective June 30, 2016, following the 2015-2016 school year.

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9:13 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

President Obama Speaks In Watertown

President Barack Obama encourages South Dakotans to focus on service opportunities. Mister Obama spoke Friday at Lake Area Tech's commencement. The president highlighted personal stories of LATI workers and graduates including Staff Sergeant Joe Wiskur. The airman deploys shortly after graduation, and Mr. Obama says his education makes him a better soldier.

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12:28 am
Sun April 26, 2015

WoLakota Seeks To Increase Cultural Awareness In Education

A flyer for the Teach to Lead meeting backed by the U.S. Department of Education that focuses on the WoLakota project in South Dakota.

The US Department of Education is taking note of a project in South Dakota that aims to connect teachers with the wisdom of Lakota elders.

For years the graduation rates for Native American students has not kept pace with their non-native peers, especially in some school districts like Rapid City.   The WoLakota Project is one of the efforts to improve outcomes for Native students in South Dakota.   

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2:36 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Dakota Midday: BHSU Forges Partnership with African University

Black Hills State University President Dr. Tom Jackson, Jr., left, and Ravi Srinivasan, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Director for Botho University in Botswana, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Tuesday, March 10.
Credit Black Hills State University

Black Hills State University is forging a partnership with Botho University in Botswana. On March 10th, the two universities signed a Memorandum of Understanding during a special ceremony on the Spearfish campus. BHSU President Tom Jackson, Jr. says that the agreement will allow the two universities to help each other on the international stage.

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8:42 am
Wed April 15, 2015

SF Vote Sets School Start After Labor Day

Credit Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Sioux Falls voters say they want public school to start after Labor Day. More than 14,000 people cast ballots Tuesday in a vote to elect school board members and decide when the school calendar should start.

Nearly 7,000 voters approve of school start dates in mid- to late-August, but even more people say they want the first day of school scheduled after Labor Day. Fifty-two percent of voters filled in the ballot's bubble to push the start date later.

Parent Wendy McDonnel supports the move to start school into September. She says community members want to be heard. 

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11:07 am
Mon April 13, 2015

SF School Start Date Vote Tuesday

Sioux Falls voters get to decide Tuesday whether public schools must start after Labor Day. A vote NO forces the district to schedule the first day of class after the holiday. A vote YES supports the approved calendars, which start in mid- to late-August.

Parent Wendy McDonnel says she would rather have time in August than the second half of May, when she says it’s still chilly outside.

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2:34 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Dakota Midday: Sioux Falls Voters to Choose School Start

On Tuesday, Sioux Falls voters will decide on whether public schools should start before or after Labor Day. For most of the past decade, the Sioux Falls School District has started classes on the third Monday in August, but members of the parent-led Voice in Local Control believe classes shouldn't begin until after Labor Day. Others say starting earlier is better for students.

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11:30 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Students Network With Industry Professionals

Kealey Bultena SDPB

Some people say it’s not what you know but who you know. That’s one of the reasons Sioux Falls education leaders are connecting students with professionals in local industry. Students in the city can take specialized classes at the Career and Technical Education Academy. Options range from health care to welding, construction to culinary programs. Now students are networking with are sponsors in their favorite fields.

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3:38 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Student Leaders Share Opinions on Issues

South Dakota student leaders discuss issues in Pierre
Credit Cara Hetland SDPB

This week in Pierre, the South Dakota High School Activities Association hosted the State Student Council Convention. Over 900 of South Dakota’s best and brightest high school students gathered in the state capital. As aspiring future leaders many of the students are keeping an eye on what’s happening in politics at the local and national level. 12 students shared their opinions on major government issues at the state and national level, including new youth minimum wage legislation, education funding and transgender policies.

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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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SD wins
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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