SD bill to set up K-12 schools in majority native American areas didn’t passs

PIERRE, S.D.(WNAX)- A bill that would have set up four K – 12 schools in majority native American areas failed in the South Dakota Senate Monday.

Senator V.J. Smith of Brookings says the schools would be a major step in helping native communities.

Bill sponsor Senator Troy Heinert of Mission says the schools would help their kids make connections.

Senator Brock Greenfield of Clark was concerned about the finances of the schools and academic standards.

The bill failed on a vote of 20-14. After the vote, Heinert moved for re-consideration which could happen later in the session.