South Dakota politicians consider education bills
The House Education Committee also endorsed Senate Bill 76 on February 25 on a 13-1 vote, sending it to the House Appropriators. The Senate voted 29-4 to put put additional funding into the seven Education Service Agencies, which help school districts with data analysis, teacher training and Department of Education initiatives. Since being created in 2004, ESAs have not received much funding by the state in recent years, relying substantially on grants and payments from individual school districts.
Senate Bill 159, which would send additional state money to schools with English language learner students, passed the Senate on a 31-2 vote February 20. Sen. Jim White (R) said 77 of the state’s 151 public school districts have ELL students. His original bill, which passed a committee on a 7-0 vote, would have provided an additional 25 percent of funding per student per year, or about $1,100. He said that’s about what it actually costs schools to serve those students. However, White amended the bill to remove the 25 percent figure.
Senate Bill 237, if passed, would make South Dakota the last state in the country to offer need-based college scholarships. The House Education Committee voted 13-1 to advance the proposal to House Appropriations.
The source of the funds would be a portion of the $26 million in one-time funds Gov. Dennis Daugaard says the Legislature can decide where to appropriate. Proponents of the bill say that a $5 million trust fund would provide awards of $500 to $2,000 to about 900 students per year. Colleges would then have to match the state funds 3 to 1.
- South Dakota
- South Dakota State Senate
- South Dakota House of Representatives
- Governor Dennis Daugaard
- Senator Jim White
- Senator Tim Rave
- Senate Bill 76
- Senate Bill 136
- Senate Bill 159
- Senate Bill 237
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- Argus Leader, "Lawmakers-endorse-two-education-bills-today" accessed February 27, 2013
- Argus Leader, "Plans would send more money into South Dakota education" accessed February 27, 2013
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