Sioux Falls had three legislators and its own new school superintendent on the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Teachers and Students. Yet co-chair Senator Deb Soholt (R-14), Rep. G. Mark Mickelson (R-13), Rep. Steve Westra (R-13), and Supt. Brian Maher aren’t getting A’s from their neighbors for their work on teacher pay. (Physics students will remind us that work = force × distance, and whatever force the Blue Ribboneers applied, they don’t appear to have moved us much distance.) Rick Knobe nicked ’em Tuesday; now Maher’s school board piles on:
…“What a shame,” Sioux Falls board member Carly Reiter said. “For the amount of time and energy and money.”
…One of the major sticking points for Sioux Falls officials was the lack of new dollars in the task force’s plan.
“Without any new taxes, I don’t see it,” board member Doug Morrison said. “It’s just shifting money around” [Patrick Anderson, “S.F. Board: School Funding Plans ‘a Shame’,” that Sioux Falls paper, 2015.11.04].
Sioux Falls School Board, Sioux Falls school patrons, if you’re not happy with the work this Legislative panel produced, you have a simple solution available: elect new legislators in 2016.