ENTITLED, An Act to create the critical teaching needs scholarship program, to make an
appropriation to the education enhancement trust fund to provide for the annual funding of the
scholarships, and to declare an emergency.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA:
Section 1. That chapter 13-55 be amended by adding thereto a NEW SECTION to read as
There is hereby created the South Dakota critical teaching needs scholarship program. The
purpose of the program is to encourage South Dakota's high school graduates to obtain their
postsecondary education in South Dakota for teaching, to remain in the state upon completion of
their education, and to contribute to the state and its citizens by working in a critical need teaching
Section 2. That chapter 13-55 be amended by adding thereto a NEW SECTION to read as
The South Dakota critical teaching needs scholarship program shall be administered by the
Critical Teaching Needs Scholarship Board, which is hereby established. The board shall consist of
five members appointed by the Governor for a term of five years, except that the initial appointments
shall be for periods of one, two, three, four, and five years. A majority of the board shall be present
either personally or by teleconference to constitute a quorum. The secretary of education shall
routinely collect data from school districts to determine the critical need teaching areas, and the
board shall use this data when selecting eligible critical need teaching areas.
The Board of Regents shall provide necessary support services to the board.
Section 3. That chapter 13-55 be amended by adding thereto a NEW SECTION to read as
From the total pool of applicants, the Critical Teaching Needs Scholarship Board shall award
scholarships based on the requirements of sections 5 and 6 of this Act, the filling of critical need
teaching areas, other academic and personal characteristics of each applicant as determined by the
board, and the amount of funding available for the scholarships. Notwithstanding the provisions of
this section, if the board rescinds a scholarship that has been awarded, the board may award the
amount of the rescinded scholarship to an alternate.
Section 4. That chapter 13-55 be amended by adding thereto a NEW SECTION to read as
All accredited South Dakota public and nonpublic postsecondary institutions which offer a
baccalaureate degree in elementary or secondary education are eligible to participate in the
scholarship program. Each institution may choose whether to participate in the program and may
limit the number of scholarship recipients the institution will accept in each academic year.
Section 5. That chapter 13-55 be amended by adding thereto a NEW SECTION to read as
In order to be eligible for a critical teaching needs scholarship, a student shall:
(1) Agree, in writing, to stay in South Dakota and work in a critical teaching needs area for
five years after graduation from a participating postsecondary institution;
(2) Agree, through a promissory note, that failure to abide by the provisions of subdivision
(1) will result in the scholarship being converted into an interest-bearing loan;
(3) Attend a participating South Dakota postsecondary institution as an undergraduate
enrolled in the student's final two years of postsecondary education and be enrolled in an
elementary or secondary education program at the institution that is preparing the student
to work in a critical need teaching area; and
(4) Be a United States citizen or lawful permanent resident.
For purposes of subdivision (3), the student shall be fully admitted into a teacher education
program at the institution and shall successfully complete a student teaching experience within the
final two years of attendance.
A student is eligible to participate in the South Dakota critical teaching needs scholarship
program for the equivalent of two academic years (four consecutive spring and fall terms) or until
the attainment of a baccalaureate degree in elementary or secondary education in a critical need
teaching area, whichever comes first. However, the Critical Teaching Needs Scholarship Board may
grant exceptions to the continuous enrollment requirements for good cause.
Scholarships are not provided for summer session students enrolled in traditional four-year
Section 6. That chapter 13-55 be amended by adding thereto a NEW SECTION to read as
In addition to the eligibility criteria identified in section 5 of this Act, applicants shall have
maintained a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale, and a grade point
average of 2.8 for all major course work. The Critical Teaching Needs Scholarship Board may
require applicants to submit a written essay or other information by which to judge the academic and
personal qualifications of the applicant.
Section 7. That chapter 13-55 be amended by adding thereto a NEW SECTION to read as
The amount of the scholarship shall be determined by calculating the student's remaining
financial need, and may not exceed the tuition and generally applicable fees for thirty credit hours
at a South Dakota public postsecondary institution as of July 1, 2014. The scholarship amount paid
to a recipient attending a participating nonpublic postsecondary institution shall equal the amount
paid to a recipient attending a public postsecondary institution.
During each year of eligibility, one-half of the annual scholarship shall be paid to public
postsecondary institutions on behalf of eligible students there enrolled or directly to eligible students
enrolled at nonpublic postsecondary institutions at the beginning of the fall semester, and the other
half shall be paid at the beginning of the spring semester.
If, in any year, the total funds available to fund the critical teaching needs scholarships are
insufficient to permit each eligible recipient to receive the full amount provided in this section, the
available moneys shall be prorated and distributed to each recipient in proportion to the entitlement
contemplated by this section. The total amount of the scholarship may not exceed the amount
stipulated in this section.
Section 8. That chapter 13-55 be amended by adding thereto a NEW SECTION to read as
In order to maintain eligibility for the critical teaching needs scholarship program, a student shall:
(1) Maintain a cumulative 2.8 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. The student shall complete
consecutive fall and spring terms in order to remain eligible for continuation of the
scholarship program from term to term; and
(2) Maintain full-time status, or demonstrate continued satisfactory progress toward degree
completion within the scholarship funding period.
If factors beyond the control of a student who has been awarded a critical teaching needs
scholarship prevent the student from meeting any of the requirements in subdivisions (1) and (2),
the Critical Teaching Needs Scholarship Board may temporarily waive the requirements of those
subdivisions. The board may rescind a scholarship award if the student does not maintain eligibility
as prescribed in those subdivisions.
Section 9. There is hereby appropriated from the general fund the sum of one million five
hundred thousand dollars ($1,500,000), or so much thereof as may be necessary, to the education
enhancement trust fund created pursuant to S.D. Const., Art. XII, § 6 to allow the funds to be
invested to fund the critical teaching needs scholarship program created in this Act.
Section 10. The state treasurer shall approve vouchers and the state auditor shall draw warrants
to pay expenditures authorized by this Act.
Section 11. That § 4-5-29.2 be amended to read as follows:
4-5-29.2. Pursuant to S.D. Const., Art. XII, § 6, the state investment officer shall determine the
market value of the education enhancement trust fund as of December 31, 2003, and each calendar
year thereafter less the investment expenses transferred pursuant to § 4-5-30. The state investment
officer shall calculate an amount equal to four percent of that market value, without invading
principal, as eligible for distribution. For the purpose of this section, the term, principal, means the
sum of all contributions to the fund. Beginning with the distribution in fiscal year 2008, the market
value shall be determined by adding the market value of the trust fund at the end of the sixteen most
recent calendar quarters as of December thirty-first, and dividing the sum by sixteen. Upon notice
of that amount by the state investment officer, the state treasurer shall transfer the amount from the
education enhancement trust fund to the state general fund as soon as practicable after July first of
the next fiscal year.
Beginning in fiscal year 2015, a portion of the funds annually distributed to the general fund
pursuant to this section representing the percentage of the appropriation in section 9 of this Act,
when deposited, to the total fair value of the education enhancement fund applied to the distribution
amount shall be used to fund the critical teaching needs scholarship program created in this Act.
Section 12. Whereas, this Act is necessary for the support of the state government and its existing
public institutions, an emergency is hereby declared to exist, and this Act shall be in full force and
effect from and after its passage and approval.
An Act to create the critical teaching needs scholarship program, to make an appropriation to the
education enhancement trust fund to provide for the annual funding of the scholarships, and to
declare an emergency.
I certify that the attached Act
originated in the
SENATE as Bill No. 233
Secretary of the Senate
President of the Senate
Secretary of the Senate
Speaker of the House
Senate Bill No. 233
File No. ____
Chapter No. ______
Received at this Executive Office
this _____ day of _____________ ,
20____ at ____________ M.
for the Governor
The attached Act is hereby
approved this ________ day of
______________ , A.D., 20___
STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA,
Office of the Secretary of State
Filed ____________ , 20___
at _________ o'clock __ M.
Secretary of State
Asst. Secretary of State