Morning Meeting: Discussing Education Funding

Posted: Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at 10:43 am
By: Karen Sherman
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South Dakota Lawmakers have been in session just days short of a full month. And as we told you earlier this week on KELOLAND News, tomorrow the Governor and Sioux Falls School District Superintendent Pam Homan will meet to talk about the proposed 10% cuts to education funding.

Curious what they’ll talk about? KELOLAND’s Peggy Moyer is going to ask parents today what they hope will be accomplished in that meeting. But we also want to know from you, what message should Homan bring to the table on behalf of parents? You can share your thoughts on our KELOLAND Facebook page.

Our Erich Schaffhauser is also in Watertown where the school superintendents from Northeast South Dakota are discussing the possible budget cuts.

And here’s a story for people of all ages. But first let me ask this: would you agree that email is for old people? A recent review of users found people younger than 54 used it less last year because they’re spending more time on social networks to communicate. But people 55 and older are using email more often. Depending on your age, would you say that holds true for you?

2 Comments

  1. Lynn Parker says:

    I am almost 58 and I still use the phone for personal conversations, but email is great for sending jokes and videos.
    School board – here is what I have been wondering: what percent of the budgets go to textbooks? As expensive as they are, I would assume it is a big bill. Would changing technology help? I am referring to the e-readers. If each student had all of their textbooks loaded onto this gadget, how much could the schools save? If it is a feasible idea, then the state could help locate a manufacturer and get a great deal, possibly at a lower price. Students would no longer be hurting their backs, carrying 30-50 pounds of books in their backpacks. Maybe the budget cut is a blessing in disguise and the schools could advance into the electronic era and save tons of money. Regular textbooks become outdated in a year or two. With an e-reader, you would always have the current data available.

  2. Bonnie says:

    I think they should take the video lottery money out of the general fund and put it to education like they said they would do when they initially opened video lottery. The next thing you’ll hear is that we need a state income tax. This will scare everyone into a tax hike. Education of our children is THE most important issue. Maybe the administrators, and the Governor should lose 10% of their income.

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