South Dakota teachers are the lowest paid in the nation.
But I would say that they are among the most dedicated. We have two sons. The older is a scholar-athlete with prior experience in a really good private school. The younger is autistic and needs special ed.
Both of them have grown and developed wonderfully here in South Dakota, and a big part of that has been the public school teachers who have invested real caring, encouragement and effort in both young men. They have received as much if not more here than they did in much better funded schools in other states.
Please pray for teachers, especially over the coming break. Pray for our schools and give thanks for those who invest in our children - and encourage our lawmakers to invest in our teachers.