South Dakota Candidates Speak Out Against Consolidation

Last Updated: September 28, 2010

This article appeared in the September 2010 Rural Policy Matters.

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South Dakota’s forced consolidation law has become an issue in the gubernatorial race. Both candidates, Republican Lt. Gov. Dennis Daugaard and Democratic Sen. Scott Heidepriem, have taken stands against the state law that forces districts to close when their enrollment drops below 100. South Dakota provides financial incentives for district consolidation. Both candidates have said the incentives are okay but that the state should not set an arbitrary closure threshold or become involved in local consolidation decisions.

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