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Press Releases

Press Releases
Our press releases include SDEA calls to action, position statements, public comments, event announcements, and more.

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SDEA Responds to Social Studies Revisions

January 23, 2023
The South Dakota Department of Education released revisions to the proposed social studies standards. The following comments can be attributed to South Dakota Education (SDEA) Executive Director Ryan Rolfs.
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SDEA Responds to Governor Noem’s 2021 Budget Address

December 7, 2021
Pierre – Today, during her budget address, Governor Kristi Noem proposed a six percent increase to state aid for public education. The following statement can be attributed to South Dakota Education Association (SDEA) President Loren Paul:
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As South Dakota Celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week, Teacher Pay Slips in Rank

May 5, 2021
Pierre - It is Teacher Appreciation Week, and the South Dakota Education Association (SDEA) is encouraging everyone to take a moment to thank South Dakota’s educators and ask state leaders to keep the commitment to ensure teachers’ salaries remain competitive in the region. According to the National Education Association’s (NEA) latest issue of the 2021 Rankings and Estimates, South Dakota has fallen back to 50th in the nation. SDEA says now is time to act so teacher pay does not fall back to the bottom.
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South Dakota Education Association Endorses Medicaid Expansion Ballot Measure; Joins South Dakota Decides Healthcare Coalition

April 28, 2021
Pierre – The South Dakota Education Association (SDEA) is joining a diverse coalition of healthcare providers, farmers, businesses, and other civic organizations to expand healthcare options for South Dakota’s working families. The SDEA Board of Directors voted to support South Dakota Decides Healthcare to expand Medicaid coverage for over 40,000 people in the state. SDEA President Loren Paul says a successful campaign will mean healthier families for South Dakota’s students.
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How Do South Dakota Educators Get the COVID-19 Vaccine?

March 5, 2021
Today the South Dakota Education Association took part in a briefing with the South Dakota Department of Health, the SD Dept. of Education and school administrators where the plan for vaccinating educators was outlined.
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SDEA Questions Age Appropriateness of Proposed Social Studies Standards

August 16, 0022
The Department of Education released the proposed content standards for social studies for review and public comment. The following statement is the South Dakota Education Association’s (SDEA) response to the draft standards and can be attributed to SDEA Executive Director, Ryan Rolfs.