Rep. Elizabeth May (R-27/Kyle) says she wants a special session for the Legislature to address K-12 education. She complains to KCCR Radio that there’s not enough time or information available during the regular session for legislators to properly address K-12 education. She says school districts like Rapid City can’t wait until 2016 for the Legislature to act.
Rep. May’s call for a special session will, of course, go nowhere. May is part of the Mugwump rump of the SDGOP that has no pull with Governor Daugaard, who would have no desire to convene a special session to do what his Blue Ribbon education panel is designed to delay our doing, and is mostly too iconoclastic and disorganized to build a majority coalition to pass legislation, never mind the two-thirds majority necessary to call a special session.
Even if Rep. May could round up the votes the call the Legislature back to Pierre for a few days this summer, they would be no less rushed to research, draft, and pass meaningful K-2 funding reforms than they are during their regular two-month winter session. Legislators could make plenty of time to tackle K-12 funding during the regular session if they would quit wasting their time with bad legislation revolving around guns, their culture war against the SDHSAA and transgender students, their assault on the young workers and the people’s right to legislate, and their general disdain for democracy. (And maybe we need to focus our legislators’ attention by going back to five-day workweeks during Session.)
A special session won’t fix K-12 funding any more than summer studies ad aeternum. All a K-12 funding solution takes is the will of Rep. May and her 104 colleagues to set the baloney aside and focus on issues that matter.