Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Daugaard, GOP getting an earful at education task force session

The Sioux Falls Argus Leader's Patrick Anderson has been covering the education task force sessions ordered by South Dakota's Republican governor.

Several SDGOP legislators, including Fred Deutsch, are learning from delegates that a state income tax is the best way to fund education in a state last among neighboring states in teachers' salaries.
In 2013, South Dakota ranked 49th among the 50 states for per-pupil spending from the state level, which was $3,131 per student. At the same time, local property taxpayers ponied up $5,461 per student, ranking South Dakota 18th for public-school support from local taxpayers. [Local taxpayers foot majority of public school bill in South Dakota]
Anderson has tweeted:

"This one gets applause: 'Policymakers making education a priority instead of waiting until the end of the session.'"

"At least two groups say they want income tax/corporate tax for k-12 funding."

"Place education on a higher priority than roads, says one group of teachers. "

"'We are in a crisis with no real solution in sight' says another group."

Democratic state senator, Bernie Hunhoff believes much more work needs to be done on funding education in South Dakota and that South Dakota should institute a corporate income tax in order to raise funds for education.

The tens of millions in the unsustainable costs of administrating 66 county seats and six four-year regental universities serve as part of pay-to-play political cronyism in a state that purports to be conservative.

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