What are the facts are behind low teacher salaries in South Dakota?

Check out SDBPI latest Power Point (with speaker notes to help you understand the charts):

Why SD K-12 Funding Formula Isn’t Working 9-2-15

SD Budget & Policy Institute is available to help South Dakotans understand our research findings.  We can talk by phone or arrange a visit or Webinar to help local South Dakota groups understand and discuss this important public education funding issue.

Contact joys@SDbpi.org if you have questions.   … Read more

SD Budget Primer

A Guide to the South Dakota budget process     Download pdf

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Portion of SD state taxes dedicated to K-12 education drops by 25% in last 10 years

This week the South Dakota Legislature’s Apropriations Committee has been listening to seemingly comprehensive reports from the state’s Department of Education.  But something is missing:  a report about a decade’s worth of funding declines.

What wasn’t included in those Department of Education reports was an explanation about why state investment in K-12 education has been decreasing as a portion of the general fund for the last 10 years.

In 2004, … Read more