SDPB examines cost of budget cuts

SDPB Radio and Television will look at the effects of the state budget cuts with special reports from May 20-31. Reports will look at what various schools and agencies are doing as the legislative budget reductions go into effect.

SDPB Radio and SDPB Television will look at topics like K-12 education, higher education, human services, agriculture and more for THE COST OF CUTS. In addition, the series will focus on the human element � how the cuts have impacted people, ranging from layoffs, to educational programs, to nursing homes.

The series will include:

SDPB Radio

�  Reporting starts on Friday, May 20, with a report at 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. that looks at the ways school districts are handling the cuts. Districts are coming up with their own unique solutions to the cutbacks. (See the interactive map at

�  From Monday, May 23, through Friday, May 27, special Dakota Digest news features, will look at cuts at 7:30 a.m.  and 5:30 p.m. Some of the topics for the week include cuts SDSU, a program in Mitchell that is increasing its workload, future repercussions, and why lawmakers chose the cutbacks option.

�  The following week, on Tuesday, May 31, the cost to nursing homes will be the focus at 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

�  Dakota Midday, at Noon (11 MT) will focus on cuts Monday, May 23, through Thursday, May 26, with topics like cuts to state agencies and courts, creative solutions, teacher moral, fee increases and more.

SDPB Television

�  On Thursday, May 26, at 8 p.m., a special two-hour South Dakota Focus will spend the first hour on education cuts with personal stories and creative solutions; and the second hour on cuts to state agencies. The program repeats on Sunday, May 29, at 1 p.m.

�  Go to for enhanced interviews, video and photos related to both SDPB Radio and Television stories, plus the Radio and TV reports after they air.

Stories will continue through the summer. In September, SDPB will revisit the topics to find out just how the budget cuts have played out in schools, agencies and homes across the state.

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