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Trump visits South Dakota's Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore today; nearby tribal leaders object, citing concerns over COVID-19 and a fireworks display. Plus, voter registration numbers are down from this time in 2016.

Public News Service - SD: Early Childhood Education

According to the CDC, South Dakota had a fertility rate of 73.6 in 2018, the highest in the nation. (Adobe Stock)

BROOKINGS, S.D. -- A common theme for the 2020 census is making sure all young children are counted. That's been an issue in previous counts, and South Dakota officials say the state's high fertility rate is one important reason an accurate count is needed. An estimated 1 million children younger t

in 2016, South Dakota lawmakers implemented a new half-cent sales tax to improve teacher pay, the state's first sales tax increase since 1969. (Tom Griffith/sdnewswatch.org)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - South Dakota is doing an excellent job of distributing school funding, but a new report gives the state a failing grade for the amount of money it spends overall to maintain and support its school system. "Making the Grade" is a 2019 report compiled by the Education Law Center.

South Dakota Teacher of the Year Erica Boomsma is among 10,000 public school educators being recognized as part of National Teacher Appreciation Week. (South Dakota Dept. of Education)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Teaching is often called the toughest job in the world. In addition to educating a diverse classroom, teachers are role models and mentors while still making education fun – and this is the week to thank them. It's Teacher Appreciation Week, but in any school year

The 2020 U.S. census will determine how much South Dakota's population has grown since 2012 - estimated then at 833,354, an increase of 2.4 percent over 2010. (JackFAdobe)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — As the U.S. Census Bureau begins hiring more than a half-million workers nationwide to help with the once-a-decade count, advocates for South Dakota's children are reminding residents of its importance. The 2020 census on April 1 of next year will determine how much feder

South Dakota schools educate an increasing number of students with special needs each year, but lack much of the funding promised by the federal government. (buckslu.org)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Congress is looking at a resolution that would help South Dakota and other states pay for special education, and educators in the state say it's about time the federal government pays what it promised. The "Individuals with Disabilities in Education Full Funding Act" was p

South Dakota is one of only a handful of states that doesn't provide state-funded preschool, but lawmakers have rejected legislation to study the issue for the second year in a row. (Twenty20)

PIERRE, S. D. – South Dakota educators fear there's growing inequality between kids who attend preschool programs and those who don't, but lawmakers could not be persuaded of that this legislative session. South Dakota is one of only seven states that doesn't provide state funding for prescho

South Dakota teachers are eager to learn if changes will be made to K-12 funding levels by incoming Gov. Kristi Noem when she takes office on Jan. 5, 2019. (nesdahec.org)

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota's latest education report card shows performance progress for math and English, and the state teacher's union hopes the new governor and lawmakers will focus on improving that trajectory when they convene next month. In addition to new legislators, South Dakota wi

The Sioux Falls School District has grown more diverse in the past 20 years. Before, students of color made up less than 5 percent of the population, compared to nearly 40 percent in 2018. (apa.org)

SIOUX FALLS S.D. – At the beginning of every school year, 94 percent of teachers in public schools spend close to $500 of their own money for classroom supplies, and the Sioux Falls Public Schools Education Foundation would like to change that. After many years of relying on volunteers, the Fo

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