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January28

Committee advances abuse reporting bill

Members of the Senate State Affairs committee unanimously advanced a bill related to the initial reporting of child abuse.   Senate Bill 70 requires the person or persons who witnessed the first disclosure or evidence of child abuse are available when the initial report of the abuse is made to authorities.   Sen. Deb Soholt
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January28

Resolution calls for repeal of U.S. DOE

Members of the House passed their second legislative resolution in as many days on Tuesday (1/27), this request asking for the repeal of the United States Department of Education.   On a 48-20 vote, Representatives advanced House Concurrent Resolution 1003 to the Senate. House members passed HCR 1001, which noted the difference between taxes and
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January27

Two DOE bills pass committee

Two education related bills were advanced by the House Education Committee on Monday (Jan. 26).   Members voted 11-4 to pass House Bill 1044, which revises certain certification and discipline provisions for teachers, administrators or other educational professionals.   Department of Education Legal Counsel Bobbi Rank said the bill cleans up and streamlines the license
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January27

Resolution recognizes fees and taxes differences

On a 57-10 vote, members of the House voted to pass a legislative resolution that distinguished the difference between a fee and a tax.   Rep. Jim Bolin introduced HCR 1001 on the floor, saying he “would like (the explanation) to go on record” because “many current members of (the House) faced a barrage of charges” from
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January26

ASBSD Legislative Day set for Feb. 17

ASBSD invites school board members, superintendents and business managers from member districts to our 2015 Legislative Day on Tuesday, February 17.   ASBSD Legislative Day is a day of advocacy and action in support of public education.     School board members and administrators are invited to Pierre to learn about the latest status of bills
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January21

Appropriators assess aid adjustment again

South Dakota legislative appropriators took another look at the proposed state aid adjustment that would add the cost of school technology, assessment and the sparsity factor to the formula.   Department of Education Director of Finance and Management Tami Darnall rehashed the plan, and its estimated cost, with appropriators a week after S.D. Bureau of
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January20

Immunization records bill advances

ASBSD’s Bill Tracker page received the first of many updates to legislation being tracked when members of the House Health and Human Services Committee voted 8-5 to pass House Bill 1059.   The bill was introduced at the behest of the state’s Department of Health to align state law with HIPAA regulations in order for
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January18

Work with your legislators

South Dakota’s 90th legislative session got underway on Tuesday (Jan. 13) with Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s State of the State Address.   There was very little said about K-12 education and the teacher shortage our schools are facing by Gov. Daugaard during the address, but that should not deter our advocacy efforts.   “Everyone is looking
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January16

Appropriators review proposed state aid adjustment

A proposed change to the education funding formula could save the state $100,000.   S.D. Bureau of Finance and Management Commissioner Jason Dilges discussed the proposed adjustment, which would see tax payers share the cost of school technology, assessment and the sparsity factor, with legislators at Thursday’s Joint Appropriations committee meeting.   The three factors
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January15

2015 School Board Recognition Week set for Jan. 12-16

Governor Dennis Daugaard has signed a proclamation declaring School Board Recognition Week be held January 12-16 in South Dakota.   The week offer’s your district an opportunity to publicly thank the men and women who serve on your local board of education.     We hope it will be a time your students, staff and
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