Mike Buckingham and Eric Abrahamson on School Consolidation
The Rapid City Journal was reporting today on District 33 Republican State Rep Mike Buckingham, and Democratic Lt. Gov Candidate Eric Abrahamson and their comments for the group Democracy in Action regarding school consolidation in South Dakota:
The South Dakota Legislature is doing a good job of funding schools in the state, but per-student funding is being diluted because it is spread across too many small, inefficient school districts that resist consolidation, said State Rep. Mike Buckingham, a former Rapid City school board member. The Republican from District 33 serves on the House Education Committee and spoke Saturday at a forum, sponsored by Democracy in Action, alongside Eric Abrahamson, a member of the Rapid City School Board and the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor.Read it all here in the Rapid City Journal.
Buckingham said the inefficient schools operate at the expense of taxpayers and students in other, more cost-efficient districts.
About 75 people gathered in a lunchroom at Dakota Middle School for the town-hall discussion on the future of educational funding in South Dakota while members of Rapid City High School’s Class of 1956 wandered the halls of their old school building on a 50th class reunion tour.
Buckingham and Abrahamson answered four questions about school funding posed by DIA moderator Judee Oldham and then took questions from the audience.
Abrahamson and Buckingham agreed that consolidation is the wave of the future and that innovative approaches to education — such as distance learning centers, electronic classrooms and sharing services among districts — will be essential to educational improvements in the state.