Teacher Compensation Review Board holds final meeting

September 26, 2023

PIERRE, S.D.–South Dakota’s Teacher Compensation Review Board has met for the final time this year, and their proposal to help raise teacher salaries in the state has been sent to the state legislature and Governor’s office.

The final report comes as South Dakota has slipped back down the national rankings in overall average teacher pay, only ahead of Mississippi and West Virginia. South Dakota ranks last in the Midwest, with members of the review board concerned the state could slip even further behind if nothing major is done to address the issues schools and teachers are facing.

One proposal is for the Department of Education to create an updated teacher compensation accountability model.

The second proposal passed unanimously is to recommend the Governor’s office and lawmakers to monitor the impact of inflation, and use that data when setting the state education finance formula.