Thursday, March 25, 2010

SD governor vetoes bill on deaf education

SD governor vetoes bill on deaf education

Gov. Mike Rounds has vetoed a bill that would have required the South Dakota Education Department to set up programs to promote the education of children who are deaf or have impaired hearing.

Rounds says the some of the bill's requirements are already included in federal law. He says other provisions would be difficult for school districts to accomplish.

The governor says the South Dakota Constitution gives the Board of Regents responsibility for many aspects of educating children with impaired hearing. He says the bill would have imposed requirements on the Education Department, which does not have the necessary money or staff.

Rounds says state officials are already working to accomplish the goals set out in the bill.