South Dakota education

The South Dakota Capitol grounds and lake in Pierre. (John Hult/South Dakota Searchlight)

Committee approves bigger tax cut than Noem’s food tax repeal

BY: - January 31, 2023

A bill that would reduce the state sales and use tax by half a percentage point unanimously passed the House Taxation Committee and will head to House Appropriations. House Bill 1137 is one of many this session proposing to reduce taxes, including one backed by Gov. Noem to eliminate the food sales tax. Noem touted […]

A Sturgis High School student works with a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) lathe. Students use computer-aided design (CAD) to design parts for a variety of equipment in the school's career and technical education program. (Submitted photo)

FarmBots to train students in precision agriculture

BY: - December 9, 2022

Four of the 17 South Dakota schools awarded grant funds for career and technical education (CTE) recently will use the money to buy electric vehicle kits. Two of them will use grant funding to help train students in a more mature technology: precision agriculture. One of the schools that will soon have an EV kit, […]

A Switch vehicle. The vehicle can be built and re-built by high school students. (submitted photo)

Students in four SD districts to build electric vehicles from scratch

BY: - December 9, 2022

There aren’t many electric vehicles (EVs) on the road in South Dakota just yet, which means there isn’t a huge demand for EV-specific mechanics. That’s bound to change as more South Dakotans begin buying EVs. At least four South Dakota school districts are banking on it. High school students in Dell Rapids, Aberdeen, Sturgis and […]