In this holiday season, I want to thank you for your unwavering dedication to the students of South Dakota. Your commitment to providing them with a great education is truly admirable, and I hope you find joy and rest during this well-deserved holiday break.
Please spend your time recharging over the break because we will need your collective focus during the upcoming legislative session. Our schools are the heart of our communities, and it is going to take all of us to ensure they have the funding necessary to give students the opportunities they deserve. Advocating for our students and profession is a shared responsibility that demands our active engagement.
This legislative session is a critical time for educators to get involved and make a lasting impact on the future of education and their profession. By reaching out to legislators, can shape policies that will influence the learning environments of countless students.
Funding education directly impacts the quality of instruction, the availability of support services, and the overall well-being of both educators and students. It’s not just about creating an environment where learning can thrive; it’s about ensuring that every student has equal access to a high-quality education, regardless of their background or ZIP code.
One issue we must be united on is vouchers. As educators, you know firsthand the challenges that public schools face, and diverting funds away from them can make those issues worse. Over 90 percent of South Dakota’s students attend public schools, making these institutions the bedrock of our education system. School vouchers, which channel public funds to unaccountable private schools, weaken the very foundation that supports the vast majority of our students.
The strength of our advocacy lies in our collective action, with each educator contributing to the chorus of voices advocating for the betterment of our schools. United, we can stand against the empty promises of school vouchers and send a powerful message to lawmakers: prioritize and invest in public education.
Let’s commit to taking one action that improves our schools for our students. Reach out to your legislators, share your stories, and remind them of the crucial role education plays in shaping the future. Together, let’s ensure that our schools receive the funding they deserve, providing a solid foundation for the growth and success of every student.
Wishing you a restful holiday season filled with joy and the knowledge that your dedication to education is making a difference.