The South Dakota Education Association is urging lawmakers to find a lasting source to fund teacher pay.
Since 2008, the Federal Department of Education gave South Dakota more than a million dollars a year for College Access. And all of that money was going through Mid Central as well.
While he's passionate about his career path, he says the $48,000 average salary proposed by the Blue Ribbon Task Force would be helpful.
KELOLAND's Angela Kennecke sat down with both Secretary Schopp and Governor Daugaard in Pierre this week to find out when the state knew something was going wrong with GEAR UP and what was done about it.
Our KELOLAND News investigation had uncovered inconsistencies and conflicts of interest in the GEAR UP college readiness program. But during that time, we also discovered a lot of turnover in the Office of Indian Education under the state Department of Education.
Brett Arenz, Deputy Director of the Department of Education, has been named as the new Program Director for GEAR UP.
The South Dakota Department of Education will continue to allow Mid Central Educational Cooperative in Platte to run grant programs and other services for the state.
Are you willing to pay more in state sales tax to raise teachers' salaries in South Dakota? That's one of the recommendations coming out of the Blue Ribbon Task Force that looked at ways to increase teacher pay in the state.
South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard will review ideas to raise teacher pay in the state.
But these days, administrators at Red Cloud fear key grant money through the AmeriCorps program could be jeopardized by an executive order from Gov. Dennis Daugaard.
As state auditors pour over where money for the GEAR UP program went, state government earns poor marks from a democracy watchdog group. South Dakota earned an "F" for overall state integrity. South Dakota was 47th overall according to the Center for Public Integrity.
Attorney General Marty Jackley says he will address any state criminal law violations that come up in the GEAR UP program, but he points out that the Democratic leaders now criticizing his handling of the case voted in favor of increasing state money toward the GEAR UP program.
Now that Mid Central has confirmed it was Westerhuis that brings even more serious problems to light, including the fact that Mid Central was violating its own conflict of interest policies that we have found in writing in its policy manual.
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