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Our Issues

We are active on a host of issues that impact our students, educators, and communities.
First grade teacher Leslie Richardson with her students © 2016 NEA / Moses Mitchell Photography

Educating the whole child is about education funding, and it’s about so much more, too.

Learn more about what we're doing to improve the lives of our students, educators, and families.

Career and Technical Education

Career and Technical Education blends academic and career skills with hands-on learning, giving students a competitive edge.

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Child Nutrition

Students need healthy, nutritious school meals that are free to all and prepare them for learning.

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Community Schools

Full-service community schools meet students’ academic and enrichment needs by recognizing that many students are coping with serious issues that affect their ability to learn and thrive in the classroom.

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Early Childhood Education 

Universal pre-K and Kindergarten give children the foundation they need for a lifetime of learning and success.

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Educator Pipeline

Ensuring that students in every community have caring, committed, profession-ready educators means improving strategies for recruiting, preparing, and supporting educators at all stages.

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Education Funding

South Dakota's schools are facing budget cuts despite historic surpluses in the state's budget.

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Education Support Professionals

Education Support Professionals play vital roles inside and outside the classroom. They keep schools and campuses running and ensure students are safe, healthy, and ready to learn.

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The Freedom to Read

Books are for all of us. Everyone has the right to choose what to read.

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Higher Education

Going to college should not mean going into debt. Ensuring that higher education is accessible and affordable to all Americans is key to our nation’s prosperity—and to the well-being of students and families.

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Homework Gap/Digital Divide

Too many students and educators don’t have the home internet access they need to succeed.

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Honesty in Education

All children deserve an honest education, and educators need the freedom to teach the honest, complete facts about historical events without political censorship.

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LGBTQ+ Rights

As Americans, we believe in equality and fairness for all, and together we can end discrimination against LGBTQ+ people.

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Professional Pay

Competitive pay is crucial for attracting and retaining qualified educators for our students, throughout their academic journeys.

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Racial and Social Justice

All people, whatever their color, background, or ZIP code, deserve to be treated fairly and with respect.

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Rural Schools

Schools in rural areas need reliable funding to provide students with the support, classes, activities, and technology that will ensure a well-rounded education.

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School Modernization

Many public school buildings are so ill-equipped or in such poor condition that they undermine teaching and learning.

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Special Education

All students deserve an education that sparks their curiosity and desire to learn. Special education fits our most vulnerable students’ unique needs.

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Vouchers take scarce funding from students in public schools and give those resources to unaccountable private schools.

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Workers' Rights

Educators and all public service employees deserve to negotiate over pay, benefits, and working conditions, but they lack a federal law that would guarantee that right.

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It's about our kids.

The South Dakota Education Association (SDEA) is a professional organization working hard for educators, so they can continue to work hard for our kids. SDEA members provide a wide range of professional education services in communities throughout the state.