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February 19, 2016

Voting Down Teacher Pay Bill Will Affect School Infrastructures

The rejection of HB 1182 could have repercussions beyond not raising teacher pay in South Dakota, reports the Rapid City Journal.

A recent report given by MGT of America, an education consulting firm, called for some closings of schools, some new openings, as well as which facilities need updating.  Without new funding, not only will personnel and programming be cut, but the concern is that facilities improvements will also be severely impacted.  Assistant Superintendent Dave Janak has said that nearly every program outside the core curriculum could be eliminated.

Thursday, HB 1182 failed by one vote to gain the 2/3 majority necessary to pass.  The House is considering putting the bill up for another vote.

For more on teacher pay, school funding and 2016 Legislative session, please visit our news archive.

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