KELO-TV gets some SDSU education majors to say what I’ve been saying all along: all the scholarships and incentives the state has tried to cobble together aren’t enough to get young teachers to stay in South Dakota.
[SDSU education major Lori] Foltz and her classmates were given the survey, Examining the Teacher Pipeline in South Dakota, as an assignment. It found the biggest reason why future teachers do not want to stay here comes down to money.
…”If you ask any teacher what the problem is, they will tell you what the problem is. They know what the problem is. The schools know what the problem is. Everyone else is like, ‘What’s the problem? Why can’t we keep teachers? I don’t understand,'” Rose Fairfax, education major, said [Brady Mallory, “Why Future Teachers Say They Leave South Dakota,” KELOLand.com, 2015.04.10].
Blue Ribbon Task Force on Teachers and Students, are you listening?
Foltz is doing the math on the new teacher scholarships that the state created in 2013, and she’s coming up with the same answer I did:
There are incentives to stay, including the Dakota Corps Scholarship. Foltz currently receives the scholarship, and it pays for her tuition if she promises to teach in the state for a set number of years. She is thinking about giving it back, and taking on a student loan and moving away after graduation.
“Ended up finding out that after about three years of paying off the loan, it equals out almost the same amount of money I’d make in South Dakota. And then obviously after those three years, I’m going to make more money because there you can get better pay,” Foltz said [Mallory, 2015.04.10].
Remember, the Critical Needs Teaching Scholarship requires recipients to stay in South Dakota for five years.
The survey Mallory cites (but does not link or post so we can see for ourselves—grrr!) says that 60% of junior and senior elementary and secondary education majors at SDSU don’t plan to teach in South Dakota, and another 20% are undecided.