State of South Dakota
LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY, 2012
ENGROSSED NO. SB 139 - 3/2/2012
Introduced by: Senators Heineman, Adelstein, Johnston, Kraus, and Tidemann and
Representatives Sly, Blake, Brunner, Dennert, Elliott, Fargen, Feickert,
Gibson, Hawley, Hunhoff (Bernie), Iron Cloud III, Jones, Killer, Kirschman,
Kloucek, Lucas, Miller, Olson (Betty), Schrempp, Sigdestad, Street, and
FOR AN ACT ENTITLED, An Act to establish the Teach for America grant program within
the Department of Education.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA:
Section 1. There is hereby created a Teach for America grant program within the Department
of Education. The purpose of the grant program is to provide funding to Teach for America, a
nonprofit organization that provides alternative teacher recruitment and placement in public
schools in which a majority of the students are from low-income households. Through the grant
program, the state will partner with private contributors to fund an expansion of the Teach for
America program in the state that will allow the number of teachers placed to grow from fifty-seven to one hundred by 2015. The expansion will allow Teach for America to positively impact
two-thirds of the Native American students on reservations in the state and more than half of
the Native American students statewide, and to strengthen its efforts to improve the academic
achievement of low-income, Native American students and to increase the educational
opportunities afforded them.
Funding through the grant program shall be provided to Teach for America over a period
of four fiscal years beginning on July 1, 2012. The amount of the grants provided pursuant to
this Act shall be based upon the amount of matching funds received by Teach for America from
private contributors, but the total amount of all grants provided may not exceed the total amount
of money appropriated for the grant fund.
Section 2. For each fiscal year of the grant program established in section 1 of this Act, the
secretary of education shall submit a report to the Governor and to the Legislature that provides
the following information:
(1) The amount of grant program funds provided to Teach for America for that fiscal
(2) The amount of matching funds provided to Teach for America for that fiscal year
from private contributors;
(3) The progress of Teach for America's expansion efforts in South Dakota, including
the number of teachers placed and the number of students impacted; and
(4) The results that Teach for America is achieving in the state in closing the
achievement gap, providing enhanced educational opportunities, preparing students
for higher education, and in meeting any other goals established by the organization.
Section 3. This Act is effective on June 20, 2012.