South Dakota must increase the starting salary for teachers -- which, according to a 2005 survey was an average of $34,039 -- Republican state Sen. Ed Olson, R-Mitchell, said, adding, "We've got to get rid of the 'over-and-down' for years of [teaching] experience." However, the state teachers union has argued against differential pay, saying all teachers should see an overall increase in their salaries.

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