Referred Law 16

Election Year Election Level Election Type
2012 State General


Issue Stance Votes Pct
Yes: Referred Law 16
114,544 32.77%
No: Referred Law 16
234,982 67.23%
1 possible winner 100% precincts reporting


Referred Law 16 is an education reform act with five key components. First, it establishes a scholarship program for eligible college students who commit to teach in South Dakota in critical need subject areas.

Second, the referred law creates a program to provide state-funded annual bonuses for eligible math and science teachers.

Third, the referred law develops a separate “Top Teachers” bonus program. This program provides annual state-funded merit bonuses for up to 20% of each school
district’s full-time certified teachers, as awarded by the local school boards. Alternatively, a school board may enact its own program for teacher bonuses, using
these state-provided funds. A school board may opt out of these merit bonus programs altogether, resulting in re-allocation of its school districts.

Fourth, the referred law mandates a uniform statewide system for evaluating teachers and principals, including a rating system.

Fifth, the referred law eliminates state requirements for continuing contracts (“tenure”) for teachers who do not achieve tenure by July 1, 2016. School boards may, in their discretion, choose to offer continuing contracts to non-tenured teachers.


No Comments Posted.

Add Comment
You must Login to comment.

Click here to get an account it's free and quick

Follow The Rapid City Journal
Email Alerts

Featured Businesses



Should state public school students be required to pass a civics exam, similar to a U.S. citizenship test, in order to graduate from high school?

View Results

Recent Blog Posts

The pre-game ritual

The pre-game ritual

I don't always get to start photographing a Rapid City Rush game as it starts, but when I do, I always try to experiment with silhouettes and …

10 hours ago(0)

Finding Nemo

Finding Nemo

If you find yourself in the Black Hills in late February you need to make your way to Nemo for the “Nemo 500” Outhouse Races. It is one of tho…

18 hours ago(0)



FEMAIL = a fun plan on words for a female mail carrier? 

19 hours ago(0)

Elder-abuse task force now up to 17

The state House of Representatives faces a vote today on Sen. David Novstrup’s proposal to establish a task force on elder-abuse issues for So…

19 hours ago(0)

No sign of highway funding deal yet

Monday is the Legislature’s self-imposed deadline to handle legislation at the committee level, and Tuesday is the final day for a bill to be …

19 hours ago(0)