Daugaard: Teachers seeing higher pay after funding hike

By  | 

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Gov. Dennis Daugaard's office says public school teachers across South Dakota are seeing their salaries rise due to a sales tax hike and education funding overhaul that lawmakers approved this year.

The governor's office said Thursday the average salary for the current budget year is projected at nearly $47,000, a jump of almost 12 percent. South Dakota's teacher pay was the lowest in the nation in 2013-14.

The preliminary information shows the state is moving toward the overhaul's target average salary of $48,500, progress that Daugaard called "incredible."

Daugaard shepherded the half-cent sales tax hike and new school funding formula through the GOP-held Legislature.

The administration says final budget year 2017 salary data won't be available until next fall, after the end of the current budget year, which runs through June.

(Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

11/17/2016 9:56:54 AM (GMT -7:00)