Bill To Support Purple Star Schools Passes House Education Committee

PIERRE — The South Dakota House Education Committee has approved a bill that would create Purple Star schools in South Dakota. Pete LuPiba is founder of the Purple Star School program and testified in support of Representative Fred Deutsch’s bill…

Representative Will Mortenson of Pierre questioned the need for putting the program in state law…

Education Secretary Tiffany Sanderson says her office’s review of the requirements would take up about 10-percent of the Education Department’s work load and could easily be absorbed by the Department. Mortenson, while supportive, says there may be more important issues for the Education Department to address…

Mortenson was one of six nay votes on House Bill 1056, which passed the House Education Committee on a nine to six vote and will move on to the House floor for consideration by the full Chamber.