User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


62° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started.

KELOLAND.com | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Back to all news

Politics

Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Divided Opinions On Teacher Bonus Bill

June 18, 2012, 10:00 PM by Ben Dunsmoor

Divided Opinions On Teacher Bonus Bill
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

South Dakota voters will likely get to make the final decision on one of the most controversial bills during the last legislative session.

Monday, the South Dakota Education Association turned in 30,000 petition signatures to put House Bill 1234 on the ballot.

The bill would reward the top teachers in the state with bonuses through an evaluation system.

Mark Johnston is the Republican Chairman of the Senate Education Committee; he believes the state should get behind the effort to reward South Dakota's top teachers.

"We ought to be embracing this because it provides math and science teachers more money," Johnston said.

But Democrat Kent Alberty, who is running against Johnston in the fall and is also the President of the Sioux Falls School Board, doesn't agree.

"My real honest opinion both as a school board member and as a candidate is that it's a good example of bad legislation," Alberty said.

The bill rewards top teachers through an evaluation plan created by the state or through a state-approved plan created local school districts. 

Alberty doesn't think it's the right plan for South Dakota schools.

"What we really need to get back to is fully funding the formula, which we did for years. We need to get back to that and we need to make sure that local school districts have the local control that our country was built on," Alberty said.

Johnston says the bill does provide flexibility for school districts and puts an emphasis on math and science so students can learn the skills needed for some of the hard-to-fill jobs in today's workforce.

"We've got to feed the pipeline. We've got to get these kids more interested in the sciences and mathematics and engineering at an early age so they can fill those jobs in the future," Johnston said.

It’s likely the decision on if the bill moves forward is now in the hands of voters and out of the hands of lawmakers and school officials.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments





RELATED STORIES


 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View politics

You may also like

FBI Confirms 'Active' Investigation Of SD EB-5 Program

10/22/2014 6:15 PM

The federal investigation into South Dakota's EB-5 immigrant investor program isn't over. The FBI confirmed Wednesday that the investigation i...

Full Story | Watch
FBI Says EB-5 Investigation Remains 'Active'

10/22/2014 12:44 PM

The FBI says an investigation into the South Dakota Regional Center and the federal EB-5 program is still ‘active.’

Full Story
SD Governor Candidates Tackle Teacher Pay, Minimum Wage In KELOLAND Forum

10/22/2014 9:55 PM

With Election Night only two weeks away, the three candidates for Governor of South Dakota joined in on a special forum here on KELOLAND TV.

Full Story | Watch
Reports Confirm Weiland Outraised Rounds

10/24/2014 1:13 PM

Campaign finance reports show Democrat Rick Weiland has outraised Republican Mike Rounds by more than $60,000 in South Dakota's tight U.S. Senate ...

Full Story
Gubernatorial Candidates To Appear Tonight On KELO-TV

10/22/2014 6:18 AM

Tonight, KELOLAND News starts its Campaign 2014 Forum series.

Full Story


Events