Is South Dakota's Plan To Raise Teacher Pay Already Off Course?

Scott Swier
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In Sioux Falls, it’s cuts to special education programs.

 

In Harrisburg, it’s the inability to give salary increases.

 

And in the Highmore-Harold School District, it's the possibility of cutting a bus route for children who live 45 miles away.

 

Three years after lawmakers overhauled South Dakota's education funding formula to raise teacher salaries, superintendents say the new system is already off track. For the last two years, the state hasn’t delivered on the funding it promised under 2016 laws to help local school districts increase last-in-the-nation teacher pay and stay competitive.

 

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