South Dakota bill aims to save Big Stone School

PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota lawmakers are pushing a bill that could save state funding for a tiny town's school district in northeastern South Dakota.

Rep. Fred Deutsch is sponsoring a bill that would allow the Big Stone City school district to continue getting state aid despite falling short of the 100-student enrollment threshold.

Superintendent Jim Gagner says the district actually educates more than 100 students but many of them are Minnesota students, who are not counted for state aid.

Julie French is an Ortonville, Minnesota, resident. French says the school's small size has allowed her son, who had trouble with other schools, to thrive. She says it would be "really, really difficult" to see it close.

The bill passed out of the House education committee Friday without opposition. It heads now to the full House.

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