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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: Education

Many educators say the recent protests over systemic racism should inspire more training for school teachers to discuss these issues in the classroom. (Adobe Stock)

PIERRE, S.D. -- The killing of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis has amplified calls for white people to openly discuss systemic racism. Those calls include adults having talks with school-age children. Protesters demanding racial justice say providing children with a better unders

Education experts say the learning inequities made worse by the pandemic could persist into the next couple of school years. (Adobe Stock)

STURGIS, S.D. -- Concerns over distance learning gaps have popped up with schools around the country shut down in the pandemic, and those concerns also are being raised in South Dakota. Challenges in the Mount Rushmore State are similar to those in other states: lack of broadband internet access i

High school athletic officials say if girls' wrestling becomes a sanctioned sport, it would be divided into four weight classes at state wrestling championships. (Adobe Stock)

PIERRE, S.D. -- South Dakota soon could join the list of states that formally sanctions girls' high-school wrestling. Athletic directors from across the state are expected to consider the proposal when they meet later this month. Sarah Axelson, senior director of advocacy for the Women's Sports Fou

Supporters of a bill banning labor unions at the state's public universities claim it would pave the way for professors who have more work experience outside of higher education. (Adobe Stock)

PIERRE, S.D. -- South Dakota's governor is expected to sign a bill that would ban faculty members at the state's public universities from any form of collective bargaining. The proposal, pushed by Republicans in the state Legislature, recently cleared both the House and Senate. The office of GOP G

Educators want state lawmakers to consider South Dakota kids when they allocate budget revenues, which are higher than originally predicted. (HollyDornak/Pixabay)

PIERRE, S.D. - Supporters of public education in South Dakota hope the state's brighter revenue picture means legislators will focus on schools and provide the financial resources to help them thrive. State law says aid for schools must increase annually by the rate of inflation, which currently is

In her second State of the State address, Gov. Kristi Noem promised to grow South Dakota's economy, which has lagged behind the nation's. (foundationforgovernment.org)

PIERRE, S.D. -- Gov. Kristi Noem stressed that South Dakota is "open for business" in her second State of the State address on Tuesday, citing tax laws that encourage companies to move to the state or expand their operations. Noem said she's committed to what she calls the "four pillars of protecti

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 schools are required by law to have a bullying policy that defines the behavior and outlines procedure to report it. (geralt/Pixaby)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Bullying once was viewed as a childhood rite of passage, but now it is recognized as having lifelong implications for physical and mental health. Since 2006, October has been designated National Bullying Prevention Month. Mary McCorkle, president of the South Dakota Edu

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