State Education Funding

As lawmakers from across South Dakota gather Tuesday in Pierre for the start of the 2020 legislative session, school administrators and other officials remain hopeful that additional funding for K-through-12th grade education can be found.

Governor Kristi Noem has proposed a zero percent increase for education and Yankton School District Superintendent Wayne Kindle says his hope is that lawmakers will find a way to provide ongoing revenue to school districts while following the states’ education funding formula.

Kindle says the uncertainty of state funding for education is another reason the Yankton School District is attempting to opt-out of the state freeze on property taxes.

The 2020 session of the South Dakota Legislature convenes at noon Tuesday.