Ed secretary hears school-funding gripes

By Ron Burtz

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South Dakota’s new secretary of education, Dr. Ben Jones, spoke to the Custer School Board last Wednesday about how the district’s students have performed recently on standardized tests. While testing was discussed at the two-hour special meeting, the major focus of the meeting was to talk about the state’s new school funding formula which school board members and administrators say is hurting smaller school districts like Custer.