Dennis Daugaard on Education



Increase teacher salaries to retain and attract hires

SD will have only one new teacher for each position that comes open and the quality of education suffers when schools cannot be selective and have to hire from a very constricted pool of applicants. We need to increase the supply of new teachers entering the field, and we need more current teachers to stay in the field. These shortages are caused by demographic and economic factors, but we cannot fix this problem unless we increase salaries.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to South Dakota legislature , Jan 12, 2016

Tuition freeze on college education

Students need to be able to attend college or tech school and finish in a reasonable time without an unreasonable debt. I propose to freeze tuition by using one-time funds to repay debt and continuing our state-subsidized dual credit program. Last school year, SD students saved more than $2.5 million by using this program--more than $1,000 per student in savings. Completing college credits while in high school also helps that student succeed in college, by reducing the time needed to graduate
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to South Dakota legislature , Jan 12, 2016

Increase enrolment in technical institutes

The Build Dakota Scholarship is making postsecondary education an option for more young people by providing a full-ride scholarship for those who will work in a high-need technical field in SD. Overall enrollment at the technical institutes went up--and it went up by even more in these high-demand programs. Before we know it, the first Build Dakota scholars will be graduating and entering the workforce in SD.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to South Dakota legislature , Jan 12, 2016

Judeo-Christian values established our government framework

Question topic: Efforts to bring Islamic law (shariah) to America do not pose a threat to our country and its Constitution.

Daugaard: Strongly Disagree.

Question topic: Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.

Daugaard: Agree.

Question topic: The Ten Commandments should not be displayed in public school buildings.

Daugaard: Neutral.

Question topic: Religious freedom is our most foundational freedom and deserves added protection in our state and federal constitutions.

Daugaard: Agree.

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 S.D. Gubernatorial campaign , Sep 28, 2014

Support nationwide Common Core standards

Question topic: Our state should participate in the nationwide Common Core standards for high-school graduation.

Daugaard: Agree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 S.D. Gubernatorial campaign , Sep 28, 2014

School Sentinels: let schools arm volunteer defenders

Gov. Daugaard has signed the "school sentinels" bill letting schools arm volunteer defenders. Hotly debated this legislative session, it was pitched as a way for small schools without nearby law enforcement to protect themselves against shooters or other dangers. They also emphasized the local choice--no school would be forced to implement a sentinels program.

Opponents said adding more guns to schools was dangerous and unnecessary, and called for a delay to study the broader issue of school security.

Source: Argus Leader , Mar 8, 2013

Spending does not guarantee student achievement

I'm pleased with this [Court] opinion because the appropriate place to determine school funding is the Legislature, not the courts. I believe we should focus on student achievement, not spending, as the best measure of educational success. That approach is very consistent with the Supreme Court's decision.
Source: 2011 gubernatorial press release "Archives" , Sep 1, 2011

Schools should be run by local school boards

I realize that schools can become so small that it is impractical to continue operating. However, the state should not be making this determination based on an arbitrary number. The judgment should be made locally, based on what is best for the children and the taxpayers in that district. Local school boards, who are elected and held accountable by local residents, should decide what is best for their children.
Source: 2011 gubernatorial press release "Archives" , Feb 18, 2011

Repeal 100 student minimum for state aid to districts

We also must do a better job in the fields of science, technology, engineering, & mathematics. I want to allow local school boards and school administrators to run their own districts. I will be sponsoring bills this year to repeal the 100 student minimu for state aid to school districts, and to remove the cap on school district reserve fund balances. We must trust local officials to make the best decisions for their districts. And if they fail, we must trust local voters to find new local officials.
Source: 2011 South Dakota State of the State Address , Jan 11, 2011

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