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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.


Feb. 9, 2018
Students visit Pierre for CTSO Legislative Shadow Day
February is National Career and Technical Education Month. As part of the celebration, 30 student leaders came to Pierre Feb. 6-7, for the South Dakota Career and Technical Student Organizations’ Legislative Shadow Day.
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Feb. 8, 2018
Newly accredited public libraries to be honored in Capitol rotunda
Twelve South Dakota public libraries have been accredited by the State Library in 2018. They will be honored in front of lawmakers, library colleagues and community members at the Capitol rotunda Feb. 13, at 3:15 pm CST.
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Jan. 31, 2018
Consider starting a Summer Food Service Program in your community
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. 17, 2018
U.S. Department of Education approves South Dakota’s ESSA plan
“South Dakota’s plan reflects the state goal of ensuring that every student is provided the opportunity to be successful after high school,” said Secretary of Education Don Kirkegaard.
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Jan. 10, 2018
Historical Supreme Court Reports 1879-1923 available online from State Library
The South Dakota State Library recently added a collection of historical Supreme Court Reports 1879-1923 to the library's digital collections site.
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Jan. 8, 2018
Five South Dakota teachers earn profession’s top honor
Five South Dakota classroom teachers are among the nearly 5,461 elementary and secondary school teachers nationwide to achieve National Board Certification in 2017.
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Jan. 4, 2018
Middle school math teacher in Harrisburg receives $25,000 Milken Educator Award
Carla Diede, a National Board Certified math teacher at Harrisburg South Middle School, is South Dakota’s newest recipient of a $25,000 award that Teacher magazine calls the “Oscar of Teaching.”
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Jan. 3, 2018
Time to submit Notice of Intent to Apply for 21st CCLC grant funding
Now is the time for schools and other organizations interested in 21st Century Community Learning Centers, or 21st CCLC, grants to submit a Notice of Intent to Apply.
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