Fuzzy Math on Education?

FF this video to 30:00

After watching this presentation on school funding, I came away even more confused. The comparison to funding on what is spent per student, and showing the average salaries of teachers while avoiding what we pay administrators actually muddies the waters even more. I’m not sure who is showing us the actual numbers – maybe both are wrong.

Maybe some of my readers can make sense of it, because it was all Greek to me.

In a quick search today I found that school principal pay in South Dakota ranks 25th in the nation. Administrators as a whole we rank around 39th (this is support and office staff). They danced around these numbers in the above presentation. I’m not sure why it is so difficult to just show what the SFSD is paying administrators, compare it to statewide statistics and national statistics. It’s similar to when I have tried to find the total SFSD debt. I ran in circles for about an hour and eventually gave up.

On a more positive note, this bill is currently going through the state legislature;

House Bill 1177 moves to the House floor of the South Dakota Legislature today.  

The bill would move school board elections to the November general election ballot.

Finally some common sense in Pierre. I fully support this, and I think municipal elections should also be held at the same time. The biggest beef I have had with school elections is that they seem to be organized around voter suppression. Often held by themselves with questionable super precinct locations and hand counted by district employees. I hope this bill passes.

While funding of education, my ever rising property taxes, the disparity in teacher pay to administrator pay and voter suppression are concerns I have, my biggest concern when it comes to the SFSD is the lack of openness and transparency, it is the core rot that leads to my mistrust of the district.


#1 Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on 02.26.20 at 8:39 pm

Glad to see that school elections might be moved to November. However, I suspect Trump will begin to suspend elections just as this law goes into effect in 2022.

( and Woodstock adds: “….Just as long as he doesn’t touch my Hulu”….)

#2 beaker on 02.27.20 at 8:47 am

1. The rate of teacher pay has increased faster than the rate of funding given to the schools from the state.

2. The rate of funding in state government has increased twice as much as the rate of funding provided to K12

3. The amount of funding surrounding states provide to K12 with similar sparsity is significantly higher than SD.

4. The ranking of teacher pay when compared to other states is higher than the ranking of admin pay.

#3 l3wis on 02.27.20 at 10:11 am

Thank you, that clears up some of my questions.