2011 Teacher of the Year:
Spotlight on outstanding teachers

South Dakota’s 2011 Teacher of the Year will be announced Oct. 14 at the Systems Change Conference. Find out more about this great recognition program – prizes include a car, technology package and cash – and this year’s candidates.

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Board considers Common Core Standards for English, math
South Dakota came one step closer to adopting the Common Core State Standards, when the Board of Education voted to move the proposed standards to a public hearing in November.
New state health standards, rules for end-of-course exams
The Board of Education has approved new Health Education Standards and rules for district-created end-of-course exams.

Loss of federal funding:
One more reason not to text and drive

Texting and driving is a no-brainer, but could it also impact your federal funds? The answer is yes.

Bridging cultures through writing
Students can gain cultural understanding, practice writing and win great prizes when they participate in the department’s Year of Unity Writing Contest.

Schools named to U.S. Ed’s Blue Ribbon list
Burke High School, Harding County High School and Stickney High School were among 304 schools nationwide designated as 2010 Blue Ribbon Schools.

Public School Exemption form has been changed
The Application for Public School Exemption Certificate has been updated to include information that is required by the federal government to be reported by the districts.