Rep. Russell and Petition Call for Dr. Schopp’s Resignation

In light of the alleged mishandling of millions of taxpayer dollars through the GEAR UP program, run by MidCentral Educational Coop, Representative Lance Russell, Hot Springs, has called for Dr. Melody Schopp, Secretary of Education, to resign her position, citing the apparent lack of oversight of how taxpayer dollars are being spent. The request for…

Gov. Daugaard Names Final Thirteen Members to Blue Ribbon Task Force

To complete the 26 member Blue Ribbon Task Force on Education Funding, Gov. Daugaard has named the additional members. The original members of the task force are legislators and members of Gov. Daugaard’s administration: Sen. Deb Soholt, Sioux Falls – Task-Force co-chair Rep. Jacqueline Sly, Rapid City – Task-Force co-chair Sen. Corey Brown, Gettysburg Sen.…

Some Thoughts from a Blue Ribbon Attendee

The Governor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force has held public meetings in two of six scheduled cities around the state. Cindy Peterson, mother, business owner and wife from the Chamberlain area attended the business leaders meeting in Chamberlain on June 2, 2015. She sent me this email with her thoughts and observations from the meeting and…