Education Secretary Melody Schopp sits down with Dana Ferguson for one more interview before she retires tomorrow from state government and says she hopes the 2016 teacher pay raise defines her career:
Melody Schopp remembers standing behind Gov. Dennis Daugaard as he signed into law a historic pay raise for South Dakota teachers.
After years of working with task force members and tracking votes around the Statehouse she watched as her vision became a reality.
“That is the absolute highlight of my career,” Schopp said [Dana Ferguson, “From GEAR UP to Teacher Pay, Schopp Reflects on Leading SD Schools,” that Sioux Falls paper, 2017.12.14].
Sure, maybe that 2016 pay raise will define Schopp’s tenure at the Education helm: a long-delayed reform addressing decades of neglect that fell well short of its goal in the first year and was budgetarily abandoned by the Governor twenty months after he signed it into law.
Schopp’s proudest achievement has disappeared in less time than it took her to go from noticing anything amiss in the Mid-Central Educational Cooperative’s handling of the federal GEAR UP grant and other funds to cutting Mid-Central off from the Pierre gravy train. Engrave that on your tin belt buckle.