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30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 17 – Challenging Issues


What do you think is the most challenging issue in education today?

31 school districts in South Dakota started the year without a full staff.

This is a terrible situation to be in as a district. What do you do? Hire a under- or unqualified person to fill the position? Hire a long-term substitute? Yes and yes. Districts in South Dakota are having to do both of those.

According to this article in the major newspaper for Sioux Falls, schools are blaming low teacher pay for many of these issues. South Dakota ranks 51st in the nation for teacher pay. In 2012-2013, we were the only state that had an average pay below $40,000.

Obviously, teachers do not enter the field for pay, but if people are not entering the field at all, it might be because the pay is so low that its difficult to support a family with it.

In South Dakota, the most challenging issue is how we get high-quality, qualified people to teach in a state that does not value them and their expertise. I hope that soon the state will see how important teachers are to the future of our state, and will start to value them appropriately.


Author: sdsuemko

I'm a high school science teacher in a small Minnesota town who loves the world of rural education. I am constantly striving to learn more about my craft and share what I find with others!

2 thoughts on “30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 17 – Challenging Issues

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  2. Wow that is a huge challenge for any school. no we don’t do it for the money but we still have to be able to pay our bills without taking a second job so we can give our all to being a teacher. It’s unfortunate so many states haven’t figured that out yet. I knew my state (Missouri) was on the low end as well didn’t realize until I just looked that we’re #3, that’s really disheartening.

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