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After reform bill fails, SD education focus shifts

November 27, 2012 in The Daily Republic

PIERRE When South Dakota voters defeated Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s education-reforms package three weeks ago, one of the rejected changes would have required school districts to begin evaluating principals.
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OUR VIEW: Vote yes on RL 16

October 26, 2012 in The Daily Republic

RL 16 would establish a teacher scholarship program, create a program for math and science teacher bonuses, create a program for teacher merit bonuses, mandate a uniform teacher and principal evaluation system and eliminate state requirements for teacher tenure. Continue Reading

SD merit-pay plan for teachers goes to public vote

July 2, 2012 in The Daily Republic

PIERRE (AP) South Dakota voters will decide the fate of Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s plan to give bonuses to top teachers, phase out tenure and recruit candidates for critical teaching jobs, Secretary of State Jason Gant said Monday.
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Officials not done checking teacher bill referral

June 29, 2012 in The Daily Republic

PIERRE (AP) South Dakota election officials expect to determine early next week whether enough valid petition signatures have been submitted to refer Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s controversial education plan to a public vote.
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SD Senate approves teacher bonus, scholarship proposal

February 28, 2012 in The Daily Republic

PIERRE A substantially reworked version of Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s plan to give bonuses to top teachers was approved Monday by the South Dakota Senate after supporters said it would boost student achievement. Continue Reading

SD Senate panel OKs teacher bonus idea

February 24, 2012 in The Daily Republic

PIERRE A bill that would give bonuses to top-performing South Dakota teachers was approved Thursday by a Senate committee, despite criticism from opponents who argue that the extra money should instead be put toward school districts’ general operating budgets. Continue Reading

LETTER: State workers bonus unfair to SD teachers

February 18, 2012 in The Daily Republic

I find it ironic that the state’s teachers must “earn” their bonus, which only 20 percent of them would receive, while all the state workers get their bonus whether they are doing their job or not. Continue Reading

SD lawmakers clash on teacher bonus plan

February 16, 2012 in The Daily Republic

PIERRE (AP) Democratic legislative leaders say Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s plan to give bonuses to top teachers is flawed because it does not increase state financial aid to help school districts with their basic operating budgets. Continue Reading

OPINION: Merit pay won’t work in education

February 11, 2012 in The Daily Republic

I am proud to be a high school science teacher in South Dakota, and I am very concerned about the direction our state government is leading us. I feel that Gov. Dennis Daugaard is truly concerned about raising student achievement and cares about children. I do not, however, believe that his proposals will work. Continue Reading

LETTERS: Governor contradicts himself with proposal

February 11, 2012 in The Daily Republic

I think that the governor is trying to have it both ways by stating that money doesn’t matter when it comes to the current levels of achievement of the students of our state in reference to our overall educational system and that money does matter when it comes to motivating teachers to boost achievement in reference to merit pay. Continue Reading