A substantially changed version of the governor’s plan to give bonuses to the state’s top teachers could be debated in the Senate as early as today.
The bill still includes Daugaard’s original plan to give $5,000 annual bonuses to the top 20 percent of each school district’s teachers, based on a new evaluation system and student performance. But the revised plan now allows school districts to follow the governor’s original plan, create their own teacher reward plans or not take part at all. A council set up by the state Education Department would help districts develop their plans.
The measure also would start a scholarship program next year for up to 100 college students a year who pursue teaching degrees in critically needed subjects. Recipients would get tuition help for up to two years of college if they teach in subjects where teachers are in short supply for at least five years in the state. The bill also would provide a $2,500 annual reward for math and science teachers in middle schools and high schools.
Tenure would be eliminated in 2016 for any teachers who do not already have the protection, but each school district could decide to keep a tenure system for its teachers.
Senate Republican Leader Russell Olson, of Wentworth, said the measure is no longer the governor’s plan, but is now the “people’s plan” because lawmakers changed it after talking with educators and others.
Lt. Gov. Matt Michels said the bill lets each school district make a lot of decisions, and most are expected to devise their own systems for rewarding good teachers.
“This really is a bill of local control,” Michels said.
But Senate Democratic Leader Jason Frerichs, of Wilmot, said the plan is supported only by bureaucrats, not by teachers and many school administrators.
Hunhoff said the governor’s teacher bonus program has distracted lawmakers from the need to find extra financial support from schools. “It’s been perceived as an attack on our schools and an attack on our teachers.”
Cory at Madville Times has a statistic that proves Sen. Frerichs is right and Sen. Russell Olson is wrong regarding the support from the educators:
Four out of 133 administrators support HB 1234. 3% support… good grief, that’s margin of error in most surveys.
And Cory has more since then:
Rep. Stace Nelson tells me that of the hundreds of e-mails he’s received on HB 1234, Governor Daugaard’s really bad stew of unproven and disproven education policies, exactly ***one*** has expressed support for this bill. One, out of hundreds.
So clearly this is not the "people's plan". This is the globalists plan to centrally control the economy with education as simply a training ground for corporate socialism.
Now to Lt. Gov. Matt Michels' "local control", we go to SB192 that includes the $8.4 million Governor Daugaard wants to spend indoctrinating teachers with the globalists' Common Core Standards. On February 23rd Rep. Dennert moved that SB 192 be amended so that the $8.4 million would be added to the state aid formula and let local school boards determine how best to spend that money. Here is the vote on the passage:
Yeas 37, Nays 30, Excused 3, Absent 0
Blake; Bolin; Deelstra; Dennert; Fargen; Feickert; Feinstein; Gibson; Hansen (Jon); Hawley; Hickey; Hubbel; Hunhoff (Bernie); Iron Cloud III; Jensen; Jones; Killer; Kirschman; Kloucek; Kopp; Liss; Lucas; Miller; Nelson (Stace); Olson (Betty); Russell; Schaefer; Schrempp; Sigdestad; Solum; Steele; Street; Tornow; Tulson; Van Gerpen; Venner; Wismer
Abdallah; Boomgarden; Brunner; Carson; Conzet; Cronin; Dryden; Gosch; Haggar; Hoffman; Hunt; Kirkeby; Lust; Magstadt; Moser; Munsterman; Novstrup (David); Perry; Romkema; Rozum; Scott; Sly; Turbiville; Vanneman; Verchio; White; Wick; Willadsen; Wink; Speaker Rausch
Elliott; Greenfield; Stricherz
Then this happened:
Rep. Wink moved that SB 192 be deferred to Friday, February 24, the 27th legislative day.
Rep. Lucas called for a division of the House.
The Speaker declared Rep. Wink's motion prevailed.
So on the 24th, Rep. Wink pushed an amendment to reverse Dennert's amendment. Here was the vote:
Yeas 41, Nays 27, Excused 2, Absent 0
Abdallah; Brunner; Carson; Conzet; Cronin; Deelstra; Dryden; Gosch; Greenfield; Haggar; Hansen (Jon); Hoffman; Hunt; Jensen; Kirkeby; Kopp; Lust; Magstadt; Miller; Moser; Munsterman; Novstrup (David); Olson (Betty); Perry; Romkema; Rozum; Schaefer; Scott; Sly; Solum; Tulson; Turbiville; Van Gerpen; Vanneman; Venner; Verchio; White; Wick; Willadsen; Wink; Speaker Rausch
Blake; Bolin; Dennert; Elliott; Fargen; Feickert; Feinstein; Gibson; Hawley; Hickey; Hubbel; Hunhoff (Bernie); Iron Cloud III; Jones; Killer; Kirschman; Kloucek; Liss; Lucas; Nelson (Stace); Russell; Schrempp; Sigdestad; Steele; Street; Tornow; Wismer
I underlined the 11 representatives who switched their votes (plus Greenfield who came off of the disabled list)and local control was defeated in the name of indoctrinating teachers with the globalists Common Core Standards. They went on to pass the entire bill 64 to 4. The four nays were "Hubbel; Lucas; Nelson (Stace); Russell".
So what happened during the time between the two votes on the amendments? While the media portrays the SDGOP as proponents of local control, the media fails to inform the people on how the SDGOP will use their tyrannical methods to take local control away. The Beast (Revelation's one-world government)is being established through the use of deception right here in South Dakota. Warning: we should not accept the authority of the Beast as that may mean we accept it's Mark. As Hunhoff said, teachers are being attacked. And they will also be indoctrinated. And if they refuse to cooperate with the globalists Common Core Standards, they will not be among the 20% who receive bonuses. Local control does not mean, "you can have your education dollars only when you do things our way". Not only is Washington DC using coercion with our tax and borrowed dollars, but so is the SDGOP in Pierre. And the apathetic masses are being deceived by sneaky politicians and the media who receive tons of sales tax-free advertising revenues during the campaign seasons.