Budget reaction: Funding increase enough for SD education? - KOTA Territory News

Budget reaction: Funding increase enough for South Dakota education?


Now that Governor Dennis Daugaard has proposed his budget, educators across the state are looking to the future, and some are worried about funding education.

The increase of 3% for education in South Dakota is meant to cover the estimated inflation costs for fiscal year 2014, but many schools are already financially behind.

Rapid City Area Schools Superintendent Dr. Tim Mitchell says there are a lot of positives to Daugaard's proposal, but they will be going to legislature in search of more funding. "Long term budget forecasts just don't support you know our program as it is right now long term with just 3% increases," said Dr. Mitchell.

"We're not keeping up with inflation so it costs us more to do education, but we're getting less funding to do it," said Valley View Elementary Principal Wayne Rosby.

Rosby also says he worries about providing competitive wages for teacher throughout the state.


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