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Education A Top Priority In Gubernatorial Race

May 30, 2014, 6:26 PM

Education A Top Priority In Gubernatorial Race

Education in South Dakota is a top priority for candidates seeking election, and the gubernatorial race is no different.

From changing priorities to shifting funding, the candidates for South Dakota governor are widespread. But one thing they all agree on -- education is important in the Mount Rushmore state.

"I've tried to improve our funding provided to education," Daugaard said. "I try to take the first dollars that come in and meet the statutory requirements for funding and then meet other needs of state government. If we have money left, spend that on education also. That will be the formula going forward as well.

"I am bent on getting rid of Common Core Standards. I have been researching legal minds all over the nation on how to legally get rid of Common Core and I think I have a pretty good answer. I have pretty good comments on people who can help me stop Common Core as soon as I get there," Hubbell said.

"Number one, just to make sure that education has an advocate in Pierre," Wismer said. "Today they absolutely do not. At any level they are attacked. A lot of red herrings are thrown out there in Pierre for reasons to not support education at the level that it needs to be supported."

"The three percent cap on district funding? Not working," Lowe said. "You've got 151 unique school districts in the state. In Rapid City, you have declining student enrollment, you have lower assessed property values and in addition to that, you have voters out there who say they don't want to opt out. Now you take it to this end of the state, Sioux Falls is working really well."

Both republican and democratic candidates will face off during next week’s primary on Tuesday June 3.

For an in-depth look at the gubernatorial race and others, check out our Campaign Page.

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