Teacher compensation panel approves cautious report

The state Teacher Compensation Review Board met Wednesday and approved its final report to Gov. Dennis Daugaard. The following paragraph concludes the initial draft but it’s gone from the final draft the board approved:

“Based on those discussions, the Board recommends that, in order to remain competitive with
surrounding states, South Dakota strive over time to increase its average teacher salaries by
approximately $4,500, beyond annual inflationary increases, with the goal of reaching the middle of the rankings among surrounding states, when adjusted for regional price parities. The Board also recognizes that other recipients of state funding face similar challenges, and that the Governor and Legislators have to balance these budget priorities within available funding resources.”

Here’s the final draft: TCRB report