South Dakota teachers received a salary increase in 2016 after the Legislature approved a half cent sales tax dedicated to improving their pay.
Two years later, school administrators say the number of classroom openings have declined and hiring options have improved. But staffing challenges continue for some subject areas and in smaller districts.
Education officials caution that lawmakers must do more to keep teacher pay competitive in the state.
A group appointed by the Legislature is reviewing the pay situation and working to develop recommendations for the upcoming session.
Reporter Tom Griffith examines the status of education pay in the latest story from South Dakota News Watch.