The South Dakota House of Representatives approved Monday an
amended version of HB 1234 on a 41-28 vote. As passed, the measure would
eliminate continuing contract for new teachers beginning next year, mandate
more regular and rigorous staff evaluation and enact two alternative teacher
compensation programs in the coming years.
The bill was not changed dramatically on the House Floor,
although several lawmakers suggested that the measure will undergo significant revision
as it enters the South Dakota Senate.
Stay tuned to Open Forum for more information.