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February13

Graduation test requirement bill stalls in House

Decision on a bill implementing the imposition of passing a citizenship exam in order for students only enrolled in public and private schools to graduate was deferred to another day.   House Bill 1066, which requires public and private school students to pass a citizenship test before graduating from high school, was debated before the
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February12

2019 Legislative Cracker Barrels

Legislative Cracker Barrels in your area offer access to your local legislators, as well as the chance to hear their answers on a variety of legislative topics.   Below you will find a list of dates and locations of legislative cracker barrels being held throughout South Dakota that have been posted thus far.   Please
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February11

Public and private school students included in civics test requirement

Ten days after its initial hearing, a bill backing a required civics test for most students passed committee.   On an 11-3 vote, an amended version of House Bill 1066, which requires public and private school students to pass a citizenship test before graduating from high school, passed the House Education committee.   The initial
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February11

Join ASBSD & COSA online for an upcoming School Law Webinar

The best minds in school law in South Dakota are bringing their vast knowledge and information to you in a series of eight School Law Webinars.   Administrators attending can earn 1 CEU hour and Board members attending can earn 20 ALL points for their board!   Join COSA and ASBSD one afternoon a month
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February10

Senate sends open meeting amendment bill to House

Flexibility in open meeting requirements found favor in the Senate.   Senate Bill 91, which revises open meeting requirements, passed the Senate State Affairs committee on a 9-0 vote and the full Senate on a 30-0 vote.   ASBSD supports the bill, which amends the public comment period at meetings by putting the period with
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February09

Gender dysphoria instruction bill on way to House floor

Lengthy debate led to a narrow vote on a bill dictating instruction in schools.   House Education committee members voted 9-6 to pass House Bill 1108, which prohibits gender dysphoria instruction in public schools.   HB 1108 was amended to reference gender dysphoria, which involves a conflict between a person’s physical or assigned gender and the
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February09

House Ed. passes two-year averaging proposal

A proposal calling for the return of two-year averaging passed committee.   On an 8-5 vote, House Bill 1127, which includes two-year averaging in the fall enrollment calculation for state aid, passed the House Education committee.   Two-year averaging was removed from the fall enrollment count in 2016 as part of the Blue Ribbon Task
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February08

Other rev. equalization bill bound for Appropriations

Other revenue equalization entered the legislative fray.   House Bill 1109, which repeals other revenue equalization, passed the House Education committee on a 10-5 vote.   Equalization of other revenue dollars collected by school districts from six different tax areas came in 2016 as part of the Blue Ribbon Task Force package that increased in
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February07

2019 School Board Recognition Week set for February 18-22

South Dakota School Board Recognition Week is the time to recognize the men and women who dedicated their time and energy to serving on your locally elected school board.   “School Board Recognition Week presents your district an opportunity to publicly thank the men and women who serve on your local board of education,” ASBSD
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February07

Motto bill backed by Senate

Permitting public schools the option to decide if they wish to post the national motto in their buildings passed the halfway point of the legislative process.   Senators passed Senate Bill 55, which allows public schools to display the national motto of the United States in their school buildings, on a 27-7 vote.   Sen.
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