In The Moment ... May 20, 2019 Show 579 Hour 2

Jay Mickelson has been a teacher in the Pierre School District for 49 years. Raised on a dairy farm near McLaughlin, Mickelson has influenced thousands of students and helped shape their futures. The community gathers at 7:00 tonight to celebrate the career of one of the region's most popular educators.

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In  The Moment ... March 24, 2017 Show 057 Hour 1

N.W. Engbers is a musician from Sioux Falls. His new EP is called "The Inner World." The songs wrestle with the mysteries of life and death while blending musical styles with honesty and humility. For this week's Moment in Sound, we welcome N.W. Engbers to the SDPB studios in Sioux Falls.

In The Moment ... January 24 2017 Show 015 Hour 2

Guests: SDPB's Lee Strubinger; Beth Kaltsulas, 2017 SD teacher of the year; Matt Burns, Sioux Falls Police Chief; Hugh Weber, The Potluck Society

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A Mitchell teacher has won a prestigious national award that comes with $25,000. An assembly this week surprised the fourth grade educator with the honor.  

Local and state leaders gather at Longfellow Elementary in Mitchell to recognize a teacher. Students and staff attend the assembly under false pretenses before they find out the real reason they gather. Greg Gallagher with the Milken Family Foundation announces that one of the educators in the gym is set to receive a celebrated award.

Dr. John Barlow is a 2016 inductee to the South Dakota Hall of Fame. His work as a scientist, scholar and teacher helped distinguish him as a South Dakota leader who exemplifies a "culture of excellence."

Dr. Barlow joins Dakota Midday for a conversation about collaboration, inspiration, and the evolution of medical care in the state. Dr. Barlow is joined by Dr. Richard Gowen, Chair of the board of the South Dakota Hall of Fame.

Hoven Teacher To Survey Ocean Near Alaska

May 24, 2016

One South Dakota teacher is stepping outside the classroom to set sail on a scientific voyage. Spencer Cody participates in his second tour to study marine science.

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A half-penny sales tax increase is one signature away from becoming state law. House Bill 1182 is part of the governor’s plan to overhaul education funding in South Dakota. More than two-thirds of State Senators supported the bill Thursday, and it survived its final legislative hurdle.

A sales tax hike of one-half of one percent is dedicated to increasing teacher pay, adding to tech school instructor salaries, and offering property tax relief.

Former Middle School Teacher Gets 25 Years In Child Porn Case

Nov 16, 2015

Former Rapid City middle school teacher Andrew Hipakka was sentenced to 25 years in prison for attempted enticement of a minor on the internet.  
The case involves 100-thousand images of child pornography over a two year period and Hipakka’s recorded live chat videos of minors he convinced to perform sex acts over the internet.  Federal Judge Jeffrey Viken also sentenced Hipakka to a lifetime of supervised release.   
Viken calls Hipakka a predator.   Prosecutors say this case lead to arrests around the country and world.

Dakota Digest for October 23, 2015

Oct 23, 2015

On this week’s edition of Dakota Digest, South Dakota is set to lose its participation in the EB-5 program, and Senator Rounds won’t lobby to keep it. Also this week, Senator Thune hopes President Obama has a change of heart with the National Defense Authorization Act, and a Sioux Falls Roosevelt teacher has won a national award.

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A Sioux Falls teacher is a recipient of a prestigious education honor. Teachers can’t apply for the Milken Educator Award; the foundation identifies candidates and selects them without letting the teacher know – that is, until this week at a surprise assembly.  

Hundreds of students at Sioux Falls Roosevelt High School stomp up bleachers in the gym. The band plays as they fill the stands and spill out onto the hardwood floor.

After introductions, Jane Foley with the Milken Family Foundation tells students one teacher can positively influence thousands of lives.

On Tuesday, June 2nd for the first time ever,  Rapid City voters consider opting out of the state’s property tax reduction plan.   
The opt out would increase property taxes by about $6 each month per $100-thousand of valuation.
The extra money raised goes to local schools.   Many of those backing the opt out say schools are in dire need of funding.  But many those against it don’t like the idea of higher taxes.

Governor Proposes Education Task Force

Feb 6, 2015

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.

Superintendent: Rapid City Schools Face Tough Budget Cuts

Jan 8, 2015

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

Teachers Question Pay Disparity-Superintendent Refuses Comment

Nov 25, 2014

In Rapid City a battle over teacher pay raises is heating up.    The school district has seen a series of meetings with teachers and administrators.

Some teachers question the disparity between their own pay scale and that of administrators.    South Dakota teachers are the lowest paid in the country, but they say school administrators generally fare much better in the rankings nationally.

In Rapid City teachers are calling for a clear policy on salary advancement and the superintendent is giving up on one plan to fix the problem.  

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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.

State Senate Rejects Teacher Shortage Resolution

Jan 21, 2014

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. 

Teacher Finds Beauty In Badlands

Aug 22, 2013
Photo by Sarah Nevison

It’s not often you get to follow your life’s calling in an environment that you love. But that’s just what happened for one New York City school teacher this summer. Today we travel to Badlands National Park to spend time with a teacher who became a National Park Service ranger and also with young interns who are following in his footsteps.