In a release to the public, South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard's office says teacher salaries are on the rise in the state with a half-cent sales tax increase approved by the legislature aimed at making teacher pay more in line with national averages, reports KOTA.
Overhauling educational funding formulas coupled with the tax hike will give teacher salaries a 12 percent boost and increase Rapid City schools average teacher pay to roughly $51,000, as cited by the Rapid City Journal.
Salary boosts will encourage recruiting new teachers as well as help to keep qualified teachers in South Dakota and in Rapid City. This will benefit school districts as they seek to maintain a skilled and experienced staff to serve students.
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