2018 SDEA/NEA Election

SDEA/NEA Candidate Statements for the upcoming 2018 election.


Today House Education voted to send HB1198 to the 41st day, killing the bill.

SDEA Responds to Bill that Silences the Voice of University Faculty

PIERRE – House Speaker Mark Mickelson introduced legislation to ban faculty from entering into collective bargaining agreements with the state’s six public universities. The bill targets the Council of Higher of Education (COHE), an affiliate of the South Dakota Education Association (SDEA), from continuing to bargaining with the South Dakota Board of Regents.

Milken Educator Award — Carla Diede

Carla Diede is the latest South Dakota teacher to earn the award. She was named in a surprise ceremony at Harrisburg Middle School Thursday morning.

Zwaschka Receives 2018 SDEA Teacher of Excellence

PIERRE – The South Dakota Education Association (SDEA) has named Spearfish Chemistry Teacher, Jessica Zwaschka, the 2018 SDEA Teacher of Excellence.

Teacher of Excellence Visits China

When Belle Fourche second grade teacher and the 2016 SDEA/NEA Teacher of Excellence recipient, Shelly Mikkelson, boarded a plane in Rapid City headed to China, she didn’t know what to expect. Mikkelson, and 40 other teachers from across the United States, embarked on an international learning experience through the NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship. For the next eight days, she and her fellow educators would visit the cities of Beijing and Xian. She would experience a rich culture that put less emphasis on technology and more on tradition and spending time with their elders.

Point Of View — Keeping Our Promise To Taxpayers And Teachers

Pierre — Two years ago, South Dakotans joined together to solve a longstanding problem. Our state’s average salaries for teachers were lowest in the nation. Even after adjusting for cost of living differences, teachers made significantly more in our neighboring states. I heard from many educators that the problem had reached its breaking point. As many older teachers retired, schools were struggling to fill vacant positions.

Celebrating Phil McNally

BELLE FOURCHE — The Third Annual Phil McNally Community Education Walk/Run took off early Friday morning from Belle Fourche Middle School. It was an opportunity to celebrate a man whose life made an impact on many others in the Belle Fourche schools and community.

Keeping McNally's ideas alive

BELLE FOURCHE — The Phil McNally Community Education Walk/Run will take off Friday, Oct. 6 at 7 a.m. from the Belle Fourche Middle School. This is an opportunity to celebrate a man whose life made an impact on many others in the Belle Fourche schools and community.

Gov. Daugaard proclaims September Attendance Awareness Month

PIERRE — With the 2017–18 school year underway, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed September Attendance Awareness Month.