- Associated Press - Friday, November 6, 2015

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A Republican lawmaker says South Dakota’s top education official should resign over the state’s oversight of a federal grant program wrapped up in an investigation into a murder-suicide.

KCCR radio reports Rep. Lance Russell asked Department of Education Secretary Melody Schopp to step down.

A department spokeswoman says Schopp will remain and continue overseeing the program. Gov. Dennis Daugaard says Schopp has his full support.

Russell says he’s concerned with the state’s management of the GEAR UP college-readiness grant.

Audits found financial issues that contributed to the state’s decision to cancel its contract with the educational cooperative that administered the grant.

Daugaard credits Schopp with recognizing concerns about the grant.

GEAR UP is part of a state-federal financial investigation stemming from the deaths of the Mid-Central Educational Cooperative employees.

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Information from: KCCR-AM, https://www.todayskccr.com/

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