As South Dakota Celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week, Teacher Pay Slips in Rank

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.

2021 SDEA/NEA Election Results

The SDEA/NEA Elections Committee met on April 30, 2021, to count and certify the results of the election.

South Dakota Education Association Endorses Medicaid Expansion Ballot Measure; Joins South Dakota Decides Healthcare Coalition

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.

SDEA Election Update

This is an update from what was in the recent Advocate.  There will not be an SDEA election this year.  All the SDEA Board of Directors and NEA RA delegate races are now uncontested. The SDEA Board of Directors voted at its January 2021 meeting to automatically declare the candidates of these uncontested races winners. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact SDEA President Loren Paul,, Elections Committee Chair, Stephanie Hageman,, or Elections Committee Liaison Anne Plooster,

After Anxious Year, South Dakota Teachers Now Receiving Vaccinations

RAPID CITY, SD – South Dakota teachers can now get their COVID vaccinations as new eligibility phases kick in. In a state that prioritized reopening schools last fall, educators are expressing relief - including those who kept working under distance-learning models. Teachers are in the latest priority group for vaccinations, according to the state health department.

How Do South Dakota Educators Get the COVID-19 Vaccine?

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.

Discussion heats up at “Legislative Coffee”

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - With just a few weeks left in the legislative session, the discussion heated up at this week’s “Legislative Coffee.” The discussion was filled with interesting topics for legislators, but prior to the start of the event, a peaceful protest took place outside of the Southeast Technical College auditorium.

2021 SDEA/NEA Election

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact SDEA President Loren Paul,, Elections Committee Chair Stephanie Hageman,, or Elections Committee liaison Anne Plooster,

2020 SDEA/NEA Election

SDEA/NEA Candidate Statements for the upcoming 2020 election.

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

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.