2023 SDEA/NEA Election

SDEA/NEA Candidate Statements for the upcoming 2023 election.

SD House Republican lawmakers want school choice in state

“Let’s be clear, these two bills are voucher bills,” said Sandra Waltman, Government Relations and Communications Director for the South Dakota Education Association (SDEA). “Vouchers are when we take your tax dollars and give them to private schools, who get to pick and choose who their students are.”

SD educators worry new bill would lessen public school funding


Statement from SDEA Executive Director on the Recently Revised Social Studies Standards

Pierre – 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.

Social Studies Standards public hearing moved & teachers feel left out

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — The South Dakota Board of Education Standards has changed the location and moved the date of its next hearing on proposed content standards for social studies. The move has left many teachers frustrated.

Plan Your Vote 2022

The 2022 General Election is Tuesday, November 8 and its outcome will have a direct impact on South Dakota’s public schools and students. From choosing the state leaders who will make the important decisions about the direction of public education to expanding healthcare to thousands of South Dakotans the voice and vote of public educators matter. How can you make a difference? Plan your vote!

Honored Women Educators of South Dakota

Honored Women Educators of South Dakota (HWE) met June 25 at the SDEA office in Pierre. Four new members were inducted into Honored Women Educators of SD, formerly known as the Annie D. Tallent Club of SD from 1954-1993. Educators are invited to join through a nomination process. New members include: Sharon Johnson, Webster; Brenda Nugent, Rapid City; Michele Petersen, Rapid City and Allison Vetch Leach, Aberdeen.

To the South Dakota Board of Education Standards:

The following comments are made on behalf of the South Dakota Education Association regarding the proposed rule changes to the development of Academic Content Standards.

SDEA Questions Age Appropriateness of Proposed Social Studies Standards

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.

Vote No on Amendment C

Use Your Educator Voice: Vote No on Amendment C