Referred Law 16 rejected by voters - KOTA Territory News

Referred Law 16 rejected by voters


The hotly debated Referred Law 16 failed to pass. Voters have rejected the plan by South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard to give bonuses to top teachers, phase out tenure, and recruit candidates for critical teaching jobs.
And that is causing a mixed bag of reactions.

Sandy Arseneault with the South Dakota Education Association says a measure such as Referred Law 16 needs to be looked at on a local level, by parents and educators.

The South Dakota Education Association were the ones who originally came up with the signatures to put the measure on the ballot for a public vote.

Daugaard argues that measure will improve student achievement. But opponents, including many teachers, say it would hurt the quality of education for students. Saying teachers would stop helping each other due to competition for bonus money.

Representative Jacqueline Sly says the law was lengthy and not perfect, which is what may have drawn voters to say "No".
"I feel it's a good day for the kids of South Dakota I think we worked very hard on this measure, we came out right from the very beginning," says Arseneault.
"It has some things in it that are good for South Dakota but as a Legislator, we just move forward and we start again," says Sly.
Both parties say they believe this will open the door for future conversations with the Governor about how to better education.

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