Joint Committee on Appropriations hearing testimony about funding for schools

PIERRE, S.D.(WNAX)- The Joint Committee on Appropriations of the South Dakota legislature talked about school funding again.

Wade Pogany, executive director of the Associated School Boards, said the Blue Ribbon committee of 2015 helped teachers catch up on pay.

Representative Ernie Otten of Tea says there were some recommendations of the Blue Ribbon committee that were not followed.

Pogany told the committee that they are seeing a rising number of teaching vacancies.

The Governor’s budget is asking for a five percent increase in state aid to schools. The committee was told the need is close to eight percent.