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South Dakota Dept Of Education

In The Moment … January 14th, 2021 Show 972 Hour 1

Governor Kristi Noem addressed a joint house of the state legislature Tuesday at the opening of the 2021 legislative session. She talked about the importance of parents, education, and the need for greater civics education in South Dakota.  Guest: Tiffany Sanderson, the state's new Secretary of Education. She was named to the post after Secretary Ben Jones left the office to lead the state's historical society at the end of last year. 



The Senate Education Committee unanimously passes a bill to allow for the creation of community-based schools centered on Native American language and culture curriculum.

The approval comes after a lengthy amendment process to bring the Governor’s office and Department of Education on board.

News: Jan 11 - 17

Jan 17, 2020

In this week's South Dakota news, Governor Kristi Noem delivered the State of the State. She highlighted expansion of high-speed internet services during the address Tuesday afternoon. She also outlined additional steps she wants to take this year to make South Dakota even more attractive to businesses.

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... January 16, 2020 Show 735 Hour 1

Ben Jones is South Dakota's secretary of education. He joins us in Pierre with a look into his top priorities, and his view of the future of education in South Dakota.

Education and Healthcare reporting on SDPB is supported by Monument Health of Rapid City


News: Sep 28 - Oct 4

Oct 4, 2019

A GEAR Up update, a discussion about regenerative ag, and a special report on the Stanley Weber trial.

Plus, the South Dakota State Department of Education has released its annual report card. 

All this and more on this week’s news podcast.  

Steve Munsen

In The Moment ... February 28, 2019 Show 525 Hour 2

Ben Jones is interim Secretary of Education for the state of South Dakota. The state legislature has passed crossover day for the 94th session.

Secretary Jones joieds us for a look at the legislative work in progress.

Reporting on politics and public policy is supported by The Center for Western Studies at Augustana University.

Steve Munsen

In The Moment ... January 10, 2019 Show 492 Hour 1 

Ben Jones is serving as interim Secretary of Education after being appointed by Governor Kristi Noem.

Jones is the Dean of Dakota State University's College of Arts and Sciences.

He visits about bringing a culture of performance and civic knowledge to South Dakota's students and teachers.

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.