Teachers urged to quit South Dakota reform law referral

2012-04-06T14:56:00Z Teachers urged to quit South Dakota reform law referralThe Associated Press The Associated Press
April 06, 2012 2:56 pm  • 

SIOUX FALLS -— A South Dakota school superintendents group wants the state teachers union to end its petition drive to refer Gov. Dennis Daugaard's education reform law to voters.

The state School Superintendents Association wants the South Dakota Education Association to instead focus its efforts on supporting a ballot measure that would increase the state sales tax, with half of the money going to schools.

Superintendents Association President Roger DeGroot says most superintendents oppose Daugaard's education reform law. But he tells the Argus Leader newspaper (http://argusne.ws/I6BQN9) that schools need the $90 million the sales tax increase would generate.

Both issues would appear on the same November ballot if the teachers union petition drive succeeds.

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  1. Larry
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    Larry - April 07, 2012 2:08 pm
    Come on administrators take a stand! First they opposed this plan, then they tenatively supported it, then they opposed it. When SDEA went forward with this referral, there was an assurance that most administrators would help, now they are backing down. The governor's plan will do nothing to improve student achievement. It will only add to the bloated bureaucracy in Pierre and take control away from our locally elected Boards. At least the teachers took a stand.

    If the administrators want to pass the penny cent tax, let them come up with the money. Maybe they were planning on relying on teachers to come up with the money and conduct the campaign. They did very little to help with the work so far.
  2. shunkaska
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    shunkaska - April 07, 2012 1:42 pm
    Joann,please realize that in America we test all students,some day spend time with a foreign exchange student, they only test their top students-no wonder the gap, could you be suggesting the end to main streaming,targeting kids by 6th grade and setting their path and testing only the top group? The truth is numbers, if the top 10% test the same in China, India, and the USA their sheer numbers put ten times that quality student in line for the same jobs....
  3. Jonnnn
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    Jonnnn - April 07, 2012 7:27 am
    Degroot and his superintendents association are part of the problem. First, they have yet to propose meaningful improvements in SD education that will close the scholarly achievement gap existing between SD and the top 5 nations' secondary education systems. Second, they were too quiet in opposing the governor's bad education non-reform. Voters should refer and kill the governor's non-reforms.
  4. shunkaska
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    shunkaska - April 06, 2012 8:27 pm
    This Governor, in our school auditorium last yr said, bite the bullet and next yr I will pass a penney sales tax with 90 million going to education and the rest to medicaid....he was the one this yr saying no new taxes...the republicans yrs ago stated that all the vidio/gaming money was also to go to education, Janklow took that money and has been used for matching highway funds...if they allow the penny Duugaud will probably take his buddies that were with him to China to Southern Bolivia for trade talks with the profits...leaders like Obama and Dugaurd prove both sides lie, and forget who put them in office, hopefully both will only be 1 term..the have done enough damage
  5. rcdakota
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    rcdakota - April 06, 2012 3:15 pm
    The 2 issues are totally seperate. The plan as passed is arbitrary at best. It can not work equally in all districts due to size differences.
    I don't always agree with Stan, but his plan to raise sales tax for the Summer only and apply that money to school makes sense.
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