PIERRE — Students throughout South Dakota's public schools would be tested on their science knowledge starting in spring 2018 with a new set of statewide assessments, an official told the state Board of Education on Monday. The standardized testing would be the culmination of a five-year process that began in January to develop new standards for science that teachers can use in their classrooms. The current standards were developed in 2005. The proposed revisions will be rolled out this summer and a series of four public hearings will begin this fall.
PIERRE — South Dakota's public schools won't be judged on teacher effectiveness and school climate after all. The state Board of Education learned Monday that South Dakota would be allowed to drop the two criteria from the school performance index. The U.S.
PIERRE -- It must be horrible to live in fear, like so many members of Congress, that a tax increase could cost your job. Nothing else explains the maneuvers so many of our elected 535 are taking, as Congress tries to avoid increasing the federal motor-fuels tax. The federal trust fund for highway aid has run on fumes for years. It is forecast to be financially broke again in August. That is the heart of road-construction season across the northern states.
PIERRE – The state Board of Education will hold its meeting Monday morning at the State Library in a room large enough for a bigger crowd than what was typically seen before Common Core standards for math and language arts became such a hot political issue in South Dakota. Another set of K-12 standards, this time for science, is on the agenda for a preliminary discussion about making revisions.
PIERRE — Haulers want premiums for grain cars this summer at prices that don’t make financial sense for shippers and producers, according to several members of the state Railroad Board. In turn, the shortage of cars raises questions about how many more shipping points can be added in South Dakota by carriers such as BNSF Railway, they said. At least three significant projects are near decision points. A new elevator is under discussion at Britton in Marshall County.
PIERRE — Three more statues, including a likeness of the late George S. Mickelson, will be added Nov. 1 to the Trail of Governors, officials said Wednesday. A statue of the late Dick Kneip is scheduled for installation in 2015. He was South Dakota’s last elected Democratic governor. So far, six of the statues have been completed and placed throughout South Dakota’s capital city. Bill Janklow is the only one on the capitol complex.
PIERRE -- A bicycling and walking trail that snakes through lowlands and climbs to one of the city’s highest points is in line for more innovations and improvements, several officials told the state Capitol Complex Restoration and Beautification Commission on Wednesday. A shelter will be added near the restored antique bridge that crosses Capitol Creek as part of what’s called the Fourth Street Trail on Pierre’s northeast side.
PIERRE – A state commission gave its blessing Wednesday to changes on the triangle of lawn where South Dakota’s monument to America’s soldiers of the Civil War stands. The one-acre site near the state Capitol and the governor’s mansion will receive two concrete approaches from the sidewalks along Capitol and Wells avenues. Also coming are two interpretative displays, lighting and a flagpole where the Stars and Stripes can fly, day and night. Some of the impetus to make the site more meaningful came from state government employee David Smith. He grew up in Pierre and served in the U.S.
PIERRE -- Railroads that lease state-owned tracks in South Dakota will be allowed to collect and keep revenue from industrial sidings along the lines under a new policy. The state Railroad Board unanimously approved the change Wednesday as part of revisions to its leasing guidelines. Before the vote, board member Dan Baker of Rapid City asked for the revenue impact on the state Department of Transportation. The agency oversees state-owned railroad properties. Currently, the revenue from siding leases goes to DOT’s railroad administrative fund.
State Wildlife Division leaders provided statistics showing that approximately one-third of the people who applied for rifle and muzzleloader licenses in 2013 didn't get the buck tags that were their first choices in the drawings for the various seasons. Currently hunters can apply for as few as one and as many as every one of the firearms and muzzleloader seasons. Fifty people applied for all six last year and also purchased archery licenses. Archery deer licenses are valid for any deer. The number of licenses is unlimited. Any rifle or muzzleloader hunter can pick up an archery license.