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South Dakota School for the Deaf will close

January 24, 2009

South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds wants to close the School for the Deaf and end financial support for the State Fair as part of a plan to balance the state budget next year. [Read more…]

Real sad to see the deaf school close because of financial problem. How many deaf school have been closed?

2-1-09 NOTE: Our  reader (thanks to B.R.) said “the exact transcript of the video link you posted….

ANCHOR: South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds wants to close the School for the Deaf in the state and end financial support for the South Dakota State Fair as part of a plan to balance the state budget next year. He gave a revised budget to lawmakers today. He withdrew his first one after it became apparent that state tax collections are falling faster than expected because of the recession. Governor Rounds proposes cutting $44 million in state spending in the next budget. Program changes would eliminate nearly 77 jobs in state government and there would be no pay raise for state workers.

GOVERNOR MIKE ROUNDS: So what we’re gonna try to do is to continue with the programs that actually build our economy and that we can show clear proof that are successful in helping us get by the tough times.”

ANCHOR: Rounds proposes keeping a 3% boost in state aid to school districts next year, but he wants to cut extra state aid that has gone to “sparse school districts.”

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  1. David Graser
    January 28, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    I also heard that Nebraska School for the deaf has been closed for sometime. kind of disappointing news.

  2. Michelle Ayres
    February 9, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    I am a ASL interpreter student at Iowa Western, I am disturbed with the lack of concern that the governor of South Dakota holds for the students education, You can look into Nebraska’s school closer and find out that Nebraska did no such thing as a budget cut, I do believe they spent more money for interpreters per students and further education on graduates due to the fact that the students were not properly educated to conform to society in the community where they live. Deaf students bond and learn faster when they are placed with their peers and he will be taking away the best thing that these children have. I am angry! Find another way to cut the budget, maybe mainstream the advanced children into regular classes, dumb them up, like you are trying to do to these children. Sounds stupid doesn’t it!!! ERRRRRRR

  3. Doug C.
    February 17, 2009 at 6:29 am

    I am a former Nebraska School for the Deaf student and Alum.

    I believe the closure of the school is not a great idea. The major problem is that the schools cost extra money to run due to the heating and electric bills. Also the food needed to keep the children happy. There is always a compromise. What that is, I don’t know. But there should be more research into finding a way to teach the students and cutting the budget.

    Has anyone considered housing the students but still having them bussed to a central school for the school day? This could get them up to par with their hearing counterparts and still keep them together to have the social life that is so greatly needed. All it would cost is for a few more interpretters in one school instead of all of the teachers and they wouldn’t have to pay for the buildings all day. Just in the evenings.

    Just a thought.

  4. Angelica Himalaya
    November 7, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    I BEEN WORKING WITH STUDENTS WHO ARE MENTIALY DISABLED OR PHYSICALY DISABLED SINCE 2002 AND FOR ME THIS IS SAD NEWS. BUT I HOPE IN THE LONG RUN THAT THEY WILL RECONSIDER THEIR DECISION. AND REOPEN IT.

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