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A year may not be enough time to tell if the half cent sales tax is helping, but teacher retention is improved, candidate pools have increased, and there are less teaching positions than there were last year at this time.
A year may not be enough time to tell if the half cent sales tax is helping, but teacher retention is improved, candidate pools have increased, and there are less teaching positions than there were last year at this time.
July 11, 2017

South Dakota Seeing Teacher Retention And Decreased Vacancies

One year after South Dakota passed the half cent sales tax to increase teacher pay, the state is seeing lower levels of open teaching positions, reports the Rapid City Journal.

The numbers show that teacher retention has improved, and that candidate pools have increased.  Most industry officials say that its too soon to say these changes can be attributed to the passage of the sales tax. Although in areas where vacancies have not decreased, teachers believe that the sales tax has stopped the shortages seen last year from getting worse.

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