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Bigger fish to fry

Posted: Monday, Feb 25th, 2013

A Rutland high school student stays after school Tuesday to work on a project. As a small school district, Rutland receives more state funding per student than other, much larger districts in South Dakota. But because more than half its students open-enroll, Rutland loses out on capital outlay money. Charis Prunty/Register

• Open-enrolled students help bring more dollars into smaller districts, but funding still a challenge

BROOKINGS – A time of earnest testimony Feb. 13 from both sides – more opposed than in favor – ended with several members of the Senate State Affairs Committee saying basically this: We have bigger fish to fry.

The majority of committee members voted to effectively kill Senate Bill 197, sponsored by Brookings’ Sen. Larry Tidemann, which would have stopped small schools from getting their extra small-school money for students who transfer in from larger districts. Tidemann said the change would save South Dakota about $1 million per year, which could go back into its state aid formula. That would give all South Dakota schools about $8 per student extra, he said; schools that receive state aid get about $4,500 per student this year.

For the complete article see the 02-23-2013 issue.

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