From today’s KCCR:
A group of legislators, led by State Representative Elizabeth May of Kyle, claim that the Blue Ribbon Taskforce is not the appropriate way to address South Dakota’s education funding needs.
A media press conference will be held in Rapid City Thursday morning to announce the group’s plans to try and tackle the issue.
May says that something immediately needs to be done on this issue, and there have been several legislators that are hearing an earful from their constituents…
May adds that they are going to have a press conference and they will announce the call for a special session of the South Dakota Legislature…
If someone calls for a special session, and no one pays attention, do they still hold a press conference?
Liz May, who has been somewhat critical of the Blue Ribbon Task Force, is not going to wait and hear what the task force has to say before calling for a special session? Then why are we having the task force in the first place?
This marks the second time May has called for a special session, with the first being last month. Her justification for it then was cited in part because she didn’t like who was selected to be on the panel.
Representative Elizabeth May of Kyle is making a bold statement, saying that a special session is needed to truly address the teacher shortage and the financial crisis that most school districts are facing.
May has been critical of the “Blue Ribbon Task Force” that was created by South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard. May states that the Blue Ribbon task force is failing to address the negative effects that the federally mandated standards and assessments are having on school districts financially and academically.
May says that she knows that the people selected to the task force will do a good job, but is also disappointed with who was selected.
A special session is not just something you ask for at the drop of a hat, especially considering the expenses and expenditures of taxpayer dollars involved. And if it’s because of her dislike for the panel, that’s a worse reason yet.
Let the panel do it’s job, and then legislators can have their day in the sun talking about the study’s outcome. There will be plenty of time for grandstanding next January.