SD Senate Approves Extra $6 Million for Schools

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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Senate has approved a measure that would spend more than $6 million to provide a one-time boost in state aid to school districts and technical schools.

Senators voted unanimously to pass the bill, which now goes to the House for its consideration.

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has recommended a 3 percent ongoing increase in state aid to school districts and funding for South Dakota’s four technical institutes. The bill passed by the Senate would spend $5.8 million to give school districts an extra 1 percent increase in aid.

The measure also would give the four technical schools an extra $200,000.

Most of the debate centered on a part of the bill that would give $250,000 to Teach for America, a program that supplies young teachers for reservation schools.

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