CUSTER, S.D. (KOTA TV) – South Dakota ranks as the second worst in lowest paying states for high school teachers according to a study done by the US Department of Labor.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Kristi Noem touched on the topic of education at her community meeting in Custer on Tuesday.
Noem mentioned a recent tax increase which increased teachers’ salaries as one of the positives of our education system.
She also talked about how a third of the kids who come out of South Dakota schools that have to take remedial courses before pursuing higher education.
But while mentioning this, she says one of her main four points it to avoid raising.
Since Kristi Noem was unavailable for comment, her pick for Lieutenant Governor, Larry Rhoden, says how they plan to improve the education system while avoiding tax increases.
“There are a lot of efficiencies and it’s part of Kristi’s plan that she’s laid out for education. With our Triple-A bond rating in the state of South Dakota and the power of school districts combining their buying power, there are a lot of things we can save money for our school systems.
Rhoden says Noem wants to improve the state’s economy by bringing broadband access to rural locations which will help improve the economy without raising any taxes.