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!

 

Educators Submit Petitions Opposing Reform Law

June 18, 2012, 6:00 PM by Erich Schaffhauser

Educators Submit Petitions Opposing Reform Law
PIERRE, SD -

The state's teachers' union submitted an estimated 30,000 signatures protesting the education reform bill Monday.
    
That's nearly double the number needed to send House Bill 1234 to the November ballot.

It'll be a couple weeks before the Secretary of State's office will know if there are enough valid signatures on the petition. But given they handed in so many, educators who delivered it to Pierre are optimistic. They say they are gearing up to get their side out to the public between now and November.

"From the very beginning of the session, we said there were things in that bill that we just don't feel accomplish what we need to do here in South Dakota," South Dakota Education Association President Sandy Arseneault said.

And changes legislators made to the bill from when it was originally introduced weren't enough Arseneault said. She says the teacher evaluation portion of the bill and volume of student testing are concerning.

"It affects every school district in the state. And I think it's going to have a very negative effect all throughout the state," Flandreau teacher Susan Sigdestad said.

That is why, with 30,000 signatures sitting in the Secretary of State's office opposing the law, Sigdestad joined other educators Monday leaving the capitol building pleased.

But now is the time, Sigdestad says, the real work begins.

"To inform everybody to let them know every little part of this bill and how it does not work for our students," Sigdestad said.

"We need to all be focused on why we're really here and that is to approve student achievement," Arseneault said.

The governor argues the law is aimed at improving student achievement. In a statement released Monday, he said it does so by channeling extra money to good teachers and phasing out teacher tenure.

The governor also said he looks forward to furthering the discussion with people in South Dakota regarding this topic.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments





RELATED STORIES


 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View politics

You may also like

Sioux Falls Leaders Learn From ND Boom Town

9/17/2014 5:07 PM

Williston is now working with the state to create a new sales tax that would be split between the city and county.

Full Story | Watch
SD Dems Want To Know Why Joop Bollen Wasn't Fired

9/18/2014 5:57 PM

Former South Dakota EB-5 administrator Joop Bollen was filing legal documents on behalf of the state when he wasn't supposed to.

Full Story | Watch
Natives To Ask Questions Of US Senate Candidates

9/12/2014 5:57 AM

Three of the four U.S. Senate candidates in South Dakota plan to discuss American Indian issues in their latest meeting.

Full Story
DOT: Election Signs Are Banned From Right Of Way

9/16/2014 7:23 PM

The South Dakota Department of Transportation is reminding the public that political campaign and ballot-issue signs can't be placed on state high...

Full Story
Absentee Voting For General Election Opens Friday

9/18/2014 7:01 AM

Absentee voting for the Nov. 4 general election opens Friday in South Dakota.

Full Story


Events