South Dakota

South Dakota has one private school choice program, a tax-credit scholarship.

South Dakota provides K–12 students and their families few types of school choice, including one private school choice program, homeschooling and inter-district and intra-district public school choice via open enrollment.

Partners in Education Tax Credit Program

  • South Dakota’s Partners in Education Tax Credit Program provides tax credits to insurance companies who donate to nonprofit scholarship-granting organizations (SGOs), which then provide private school scholarships to students who meet the income and grade requirements.
  • Enacted 2016

Program Rules:

    • Income Limit: 150 percent x FRL
    • Prior Semester Public School Requirement: None
    • Geographic Limit: Statewide
    • Enrollment Cap: None
    • Scholarship Cap: 82.5% State Funding
    • Testing Mandates: State test or Nationally norm-referenced tests, parent-directed
    • Credit Value: 100%
    • Per Donor Credit Cap: Tax liability excluding fire premium & workers’ compensation
    • Total Tax Credit Cap: $2 million

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