South Dakota is one of nine states without a charter school law. That may change soon when Sen. Tom Katus of Rapid City introduces a bill to allow charter schools. A good portion of the impetus for this legislation comes from the Native American community. Across the country, numerous tribes have effectively established their own charter schools.
According to the Rapid City Journal, "The graduation rate for the district as a whole was 78 percent last year. Native students make up 17 percent of the student population."
It'll be interesting to see what happens to the legislation as it makes its way through the South Dakota General Assembly.