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South Dakota's lawmakers try to get their priorities on this session's agenda

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PIERRE, S.D. (KTIV) - A busy day here at the South Dakota legislature in Pierre. It's the last day to introduce individual bills, and education continues to be a hot topic.

Rep. Jim Bolin, (R) Canton, SD said, "This is the point that needs to be made. If the standards for admission were higher. Not excessive, but higher, the need for remediation would either be eliminated, or greatly reduced. That's the point I want to make."

Tuesday, the joint appropriations committee heard from South Dakota Board of Regents about their effort to be less selective and reach more citizens. The state is facing a decline in the number of high school students. So, one of their goals is to attract more college students from out of state. Today, a third of the students at the state's public universities are from outside South Dakota. Another challenge the state is facing is keeping those students in the state after graduation. But, as the President of the Board, Dean Krogman pointed out, if you don't have a job for them, it will continue to be a struggle to keep them.

KTIV Weekend Anchor/Reporter Kristen Johnson is in Pierre and will speak with the South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard Tuesday afternoon.

The Board of Regents says the requirements at the state's public universities would be lower than states that have a community college system, like Iowa.

Their data shows college-age population won't rebound for ten years.

That's when Tuesday's second graders graduate high school.

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