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School Superintendents To Ask Legislature For More Money

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota school superintendents are grateful that Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proposed boosting state aid to schools by 3 percent next year, nearly double the 1.6 percent inflationary increase required by law. But they say they will ask the Legislature for a little more money.

School officials will support a legislative study panel’s recommendation that state aid be increased to 3.8 percent to put spending per student back to where it was before cuts made in 2011.

A move from 3 percent to 3.8 percent would require the state to spend an extra $5.3 million.

Beresford Superintendent Brian Field says his district cut staff and increased class sizes in recent years. He says the district has trimmed spending as much as it can, so any extra money would be welcome.

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