RAPID CITY, S.D. -

As South Dakota continues to hemorrhage experienced educators, a non-profit group sets up what they call "a non-partisan conversation about k-12 public education funding."

The South Dakota Budget and Police Institute says the coming sessions will help the public "learn the facts about education funding policy, teacher salaries and the range of options South Dakota might consider at the next legislative session."

This renewed focus on public school education comes as districts such as Rapid City continue to lose experience teachers to other states. This year alone, neighboring Campbell County, Wyo., had 28 percent of its teacher applications come from South Dakota.

The public sessions start Sept. 3. The only West River session is in Rapid City, from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, Sept. 8, at the City/School Administration Center, 300 Sixth Street; third floor east-west conference room.