PIERRE — When South Dakota voters defeated Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s education-reforms package three weeks ago, one of the rejected changes would have required school districts to begin evaluating principals.
RL 16 would establish a teacher scholarship program, create a program for math and science teacher bonuses, create a program for teacher merit bonuses, mandate a uniform teacher and principal evaluation system and eliminate state requirements for teacher tenure.
PIERRE (AP) — South Dakota voters will decide the fate of Gov. Dennis Daugaard's plan to give bonuses to top teachers, phase out tenure and recruit candidates for critical teaching jobs, Secretary of State Jason Gant said Monday.
PIERRE (AP) — South Dakota election officials expect to determine early next week whether enough valid petition signatures have been submitted to refer Gov. Dennis Daugaard's controversial education plan to a public vote.
PIERRE — A substantially reworked version of Gov. Dennis Daugaard's plan to give bonuses to top teachers was approved Monday by the South Dakota Senate after supporters said it would boost student achievement.
PIERRE — A bill that would give bonuses to top-performing South Dakota teachers was approved Thursday by a Senate committee, despite criticism from opponents who argue that the extra money should instead be put toward school districts’ general operating budgets.
PIERRE (AP) — Democratic legislative leaders say Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard's plan to give bonuses to top teachers is flawed because it does not increase state financial aid to help school districts with their basic operating budgets.
I am proud to be a high school science teacher in South Dakota, and I am very concerned about the direction our state government is leading us. I feel that Gov. Dennis Daugaard is truly concerned about raising student achievement and cares about children. I do not, however, believe that his proposals will work.
I think that the governor is trying to have it both ways by stating that money doesn’t matter when it comes to the current levels of achievement of the students of our state in reference to our overall educational system and that money does matter when it comes to motivating teachers to boost achievement in reference to merit pay.
PIERRE — The governor’s plan for awarding bonuses to some teachers might find stronger support if school boards get the flexibility to focus the money on local priorities, one of the Legislature’s senior members said Tuesday.
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