Gubernatorial Candidate Billie Sutton wants to change that.
Thursday the Democrat laid out his education plan. In addition to an early childhood education program, Sutton also wants to make higher education less expensive through more needs based scholarships and reducing costs at state schools.
He also wants to make K-12 teacher pay more competitive and increase access to scholarships for non-traditional students.
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South Dakota is one of just a handful of states that doesn't provide any state support for preschool.