The State Senate rejected a resolution recognizing a connection between the teacher shortage in South Dakota and low teacher pay. A resolution expresses the intent of lawmakers, it is not binding law.
Republican State Senator Larry Senator Larry Tidemann from Brookings supports the measure.
“We do have a teacher shortage. When we look at the time when the baby-boomers are going to retire we need to replenish those folks. What can we do about it? We can do nothing, or first you have to recognize there is a problem, there is an issue,” says Tidemann.