Press Release

South Dakota House Passes School Choice Expansion

The American Federation for Children, the nation’s voice for educational choice, applauds the South Dakota Legislature for passing Senate Bill 71 today, expanding eligibility and funding for the Partners in Education Tax Credit Program. This legislation increases the total funding cap on the program and allows more families to participate in this life-changing opportunity. The bill is now headed to Governor Noem’s desk.Statement from Tommy Schultz, CEO of the American Federation for Children:“We are thrilled to see that 2022 is already on its way to being another banner year for school choice, and we congratulate South Dakota for being on track to be the first state to create or expand school choice programs this year. More parents than ever want and need options for their children, and these programs provide them. AFC will continue working on behalf of millions of frustrated families by supporting these school choice expansions state by state.”Details:

  • SB71 would increase the tax credit scholarship cap from $2 million to $3.5 million.
  • Additionally, it would allow children in foster care to participate in the program.
  • The House vote was 44 to 23. The bill already passed the Senate 27 to 5.
  • Governor Kristi Noem, a strong supporter of school choice, is expected to sign the bill into law.


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