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Honored Women Educators of South Dakota

8/17/2022
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:

8/16/2022
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

8/16/2022
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

5/25/2022
Use Your Educator Voice: Vote No on Amendment C

South Dakota bill seeks to ban teacher unions

2/1/2022
PIERRE, S.D. (KELO) — “Everybody should have the right to either join or form a union — to argue and be able to engage in collective bargaining — it is recognized internationally as a basic human right.”

SDEA’s Response to Bill Banning Collective Bargaining and Due Process for Educators

1/31/2022
HB 1216 will not solve any of the pressing issues facing our schools; it will only bring division and demoralize those who work in our schools and ultimately hurt students.

SDEA Responds to Governor Noem’s State of the State Address

1/11/2022
Pierre – The following statement can be attributed to South Dakota Education Association (SDEA) President Loren Paul in response to Governor Noem’s State of the State Address

Following Noem Speech, SD Educators Press for Funding Increase

12/10/2021
PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota's teachers' union says while there are still a lot of unknowns, it's hopeful the governor's new budget proposal leads to pay increases for teachers and support staff.

SDEA Responds to Governor Noem’s 2021 Budget Address

12/7/2021
Pierre – Today, during her budget address, Governor Kristi Noem proposed a six percent increase to state aid for public education. The following statement can be attributed to South Dakota Education Association (SDEA) President Loren Paul: “These are unprecedented times for South Dakota’s students, educators and schools. Too many open positions have led to schools not being able to offer students the full services they deserve and have placed an unsustainable workload on educators. Now, more than ever, state leaders must deliver the resources schools need to attract and retain quality and caring educators. “We truly appreciate Governor Noem’s proposed six-percent increase to state aid for public education. This is just the beginning of our work to ensure that state leaders understand the needs of students and educators and why such a significant increase is so important. We look forward to working with Governor Noem and state lawmakers to deliver the dollars our schools, educators and students deserve.”

Stephanie Ballard named 2022 Teacher of the Year

10/14/2021
FORT PIERRE, S.D. – Stephanie Ballard, a special education teacher at George S. Mickelson Middle School in Brookings, has been named the 2022 South Dakota Teacher of the Year.