Noem Wants School Funding For Teacher Salary Increases

(Pierre, SD) — Governor Kristi Noem is blasting school districts for not putting enough of their state funding towards teachers’ salaries. During her annual budget address, Noem asked why should the state keep sending money to school districts “when they don’t pass it on to teachers.” Noem said there’s been a 26-percent increase in state funding for schools since she became governor in 2019, but only a ten-percent increase in teachers’ salaries. According to a report from the National Education Association, the average salary for a teacher in South Dakota ranks next to last in the nation, although the average starting salary for a teacher in South Dakota ranks 28th.

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