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Welcome to the Department of Education's press room. Here you will find the latest news relating to education in South Dakota. If you need background or statistics for a story or an expert to help interpret the information, contact Mary Stadick Smith, communications director, at (605) 773-7228.

March 20, 2017
Board adopts new educator certification rules
The South Dakota Board of Education adopted new educator certification rules earlier today, overhauling the state’s current certification system.
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March 20, 2017
Tech institute tuition and state fees set; welding certificates added
The South Dakota Board of Education has approved 2017-18 state tuition and fees at the state’s four technical institutes.
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Feb. 23, 2017
10 public libraries accredited in 2017
Ten South Dakota public libraries were accredited by the State Library in 2017. They were honored recently in front of lawmakers, library colleagues and community members at the Capitol rotunda, as part of the annual South Dakota Library Association Library Legislative Day.
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Feb. 22, 2017
Two South Dakota schools honored as National Title I Distinguished Schools
Anne Sullivan Elementary (Sioux Falls) and Leola Elementary were among those honored today as National Title I Distinguished Schools at the National Title I Conference in Long Beach, Calif.
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Feb. 10, 2017
Students visit Pierre for CTSO Legislative Shadow Day
February is National Career and Technical Education Month. As part of the celebration, more than 40 student leaders came to Pierre Feb. 8-9, for the South Dakota Career and Technical Student Organizations’ Legislative Shadow Day.
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Jan. 31, 2017
Help students by starting a local Summer Food Service Program
In an effort to fend off hunger, the South Dakota Department of Education’s office of Child and Adult Nutrition Services is seeking sponsors for a federally-funded program that provides nutritious meals and snacks to children in low-income areas during the summer months.
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Jan. 19, 2017
Board holds first public hearing on proposed certification rule changes
The South Dakota Board of Education held the first of two public hearings on proposed educator certification rule changes earlier today. The proposed rules constitute an overhaul of the state’s certification system.
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Jan. 4, 2017
Fourth grade teacher in Mitchell receives $25,000 Milken Educator Award
Amanda Christensen, a fourth grade teacher at Longfellow Elementary School in Mitchell, has received a $25,000 award that Teacher magazine calls the “Oscar of Teaching.”
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