Representatives of local school boards and administrators say South Dakota's school districts need more state financial aid to keep good teachers, restore programs that have been cut and prevent a decline in student achievement.
Those officials say they appreciate Gov. Dennis Daugaard's proposal to boost state aid by 3 percent next year, nearly double the inflationary increase required by law.
But they want the Legislature to boost state aid by 3.8 percent to put spending per student back where it was before cuts were made three years ago.
Representatives from the Associated School Boards of South Dakota and School Administrators of South Dakota asked the Legislature's budget-writing committee Thursday for help in providing schools with extra money they say is needed to provide a good education.
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