- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Hundreds of people earned a teaching degree in South Dakota last year, but one out of every three took a job outside of the state, a new survey has found.

The School Administrators of South Dakota surveyed all nine of the state’s college programs for aspiring teachers. The group found that while more than 770 college students earned a teaching degree at a South Dakota institution, 260 found jobs out of state.

The exodus of new educators is contributing to a teacher shortage in South Dakota that’s tied to low wages, according to Rob Monson, executive director of the School Administrators of South Dakota.

“Students are going to try to make the most amount of money they can,” he told the Argus Leader newspaper (https://argusne.ws/1yznhYL ). “They’re certainly going to migrate.”

Annual teacher pay in South Dakota averages about $40,000, the lowest in the nation, according to the National Education Association.

South Dakota’s 151 school districts compete for the college graduates who remain in the state, amounting to about three teaching graduates for each district, Monson said.

Even if all of the students graduating from college with a teaching degree stayed in South Dakota, the number is about 300 fewer than the number of teachers who are eligible for retirement, he said.

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Information from: Argus Leader, https://www.argusleader.com

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