Governor launches 2010 Education Initiative

Governor launches 2010 Education Initiative Gov. Mike Rounds will ask education stakeholders state-wide to participate in his new 2010 Education Initiative, modeled after the 2010 Initiative for economic growth.

"South Dakota's greatest resource is our children," Gov. Rounds said. "The 2010 Education Initiative will provide a vision for South Dakota's educa- tional system, as well as a road map for achieving that vision by the year 2010."

A significant part of the 2010 Education plan will be developed through input gathered at regional brainstorming sessions. A broad spectrum of the population, including education professionals, business and community leaders, elected officials, parents, and students have been invited to discuss issues such as early childhood education, teacher quality, high school graduation requirements and more.

Four regional sessions will be held to cover issues pertinent to preK-12 education. Two additional sessions will target issues related to post-secondary education. The regional brainstorming sessions are scheduled as follows:

PreK-12 meetings

* July 28, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Sioux Falls

* July 29, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Aberdeen

* July 30, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Rapid City

* Aug. 2, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Chamberlain

Post-secondary meetings

* Aug. 27, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Rapid City

* Aug. 31, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Sioux Falls

"We're excited about this process," said Dr. Rick Melmer, secretary of the Department of Education. "It's a chance for the major players in education to come together to identify issues and to discuss opportunities."

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