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Important information on Governor Noem's Executive Order on teacher evaluations

12/11/2020
On December 9th, Governor Noem signed Ex. Order 2020-33, providing flexibilities for schools during the 2020–21 school year. Here are five things you need to know about this order.

Teachers in South Dakota receive good news

12/10/2020
Challenged by the pandemic South Dakota teachers got some good news this week. Governor Kristi Noem is recommending one of the larger raises teachers have seen in recent years.

SDEA Responds to Governor Noem’s Budget Address

12/9/2020
Pierre – Today, during her budget address, Governor Kristi Noem proposed a 2.4 percent increase for state aid to K-12 education along with an additional $11 million in one-time dollars to provide a “bridge” for schools as they work through the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Survey shows pandemic creating heavier workload for South Dakota teachers

10/16/2020
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - Teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t easy. Just ask South Dakota teachers. On Thursday, the South Dakota Education Association released the results of a survey of teachers.

Survey of South Dakota Educators Indicates Increased Workloads and a Decrease in Feeling Respect

10/15/2020
Pierre – Educators are seeing increased workloads as a result of the many adjustments being made to schools during the COVID-19 pandemic; this is happening at the same time many don’t feel they or their input is being valued by their local school district. That is according to a recent survey conducted by the South Dakota Education Association (SDEA) of 1178 South Dakota educators. Seventy-six percent of the respondents indicated they have seen an increased workload since the beginning of the school year. When it comes to who is listening to their concerns, a majority (57.72 percent) say it is not their local school district. SDEA says between the increased workload and their concerns not being heard, many educators are not feeling valued or respected and this could exacerbate South Dakota’s teacher shortage.

Schools get mixed messaging on how long to quarantine kids exposed to COVID-19

9/25/2020
Schools get mixed messaging on how long to quarantine kids exposed to COVID-19

Many S.D. teachers on their own when adding safety barriers in classrooms

9/25/2020
South Dakota public school teachers are largely on their own when it comes to building and installing protective barriers for their classrooms that may reduce the spread of the coronavirus among their students and themselves.

School Re-Opening Must Not Be Political

8/3/2020
The following statement is attributed to South Dakota Education Association President Loren Paul in response to a recent fundraising letter sent out by Governor Noem’s campaign, which discourages students from wearing masks as schools re-open later this month.

SDEA Calls on Noem to Invest in Mental Health Supports for Students as They Return to School

7/28/2020
The following statement is attributed to South Dakota Education Association President Loren Paul in response to Governor Noem’s comments regarding the re-opening of schools.

Inside KELOLAND: Back to school plans & South Dakota Sweet Miracles

7/20/2020
Watch SDEA’s Dana Livermont on Eye on KELOLAND discussing what districts must do to safely re-open schools in the fall.