House Committee Amends, Advances Tech and Career Education Bill
Education Committee members advanced an amended House Bill 11-72 Wednesday. The measure provides additional funding for classes and equipment for technical and career classes. Rob Munson with the Associated School Boards of South Dakota says of all the curricula offered in state schools, only Math and Reading have been safe from budget cuts.
Munson says, "All the other positions outside those curriculum items have been cannibalized under budget constraints.
In my home district of Parkston, our CT instructor is going to retire in the next couple of years. To reduce the budget, I am sure the school board will look at not filling that position. This bill will not save an FTE anywhere, but it will give a number of schools the ability to enhance their CTE programs."
One lawmaker opposing the bill, Representative Julie Bartling, says she supports career and technical education, but feels money should come from the General Education Fund. The amended bill routes the legislation to the Joint Appropriations Committee.