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In South Dakota, 38 Schools Face Penalties for Not Allotting Funds for Teacher Pay Correctly

As South Dakota works to meet its goal of increasing its lowest-in-the-nation average teacher salary, some school districts aren’t helping the cause.

Thirty-eight school districts violated either one or both of two “accountabilities” established by the state Legislature to ensure schools are using the appropriate amount of funds generated by a half-percent sales tax increase to bolster teacher salaries.