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March11

K-12 levy bills leaning towards finish line

The homestretch is here for the K-12 education levy bills.   Senate Bill 179, which revises the property tax levies for the general fund of school districts and for state aid, passed the House Appropriations committee on a 6-1 vote and the full House on a 60-2 vote.   “School boards need your help,” ASBSD
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March11

Submit your Breakout Session proposal for the 2019 ASBSD-SASD Convention

The premier learning event for South Dakota school board members and administrators is seeking people to share their expertise and knowledge with the large contingent of school leaders who will attend the 2019 ASBSD-SASD Convention.   The ASBSD-SASD Convention will be held at the Sioux Falls Convention Center on Thursday and Friday, August 8-9.   Download
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March11

Partridge Amendment adjustment at legislative crossroad

What a difference a few weeks has made in the conversation about adjusting the state sales tax rate.   House Bill 1265 and Senate Bill 86 each passed their respective chambers as their plans to adjust the Partridge Amendment, however, upon reaching the other sides of the Capitol, the State Affairs committees of each chamber
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March10

Civics test bill sees its end in session

The civics test saw its end in South Dakota’s citizen legislature.   On a vote of 13-21, Senators defeated a once again amended House Bill 1066, which requires students to take a civics test before graduating from high school.   A bill that had been wrung through the amendment ringer multiple times ultimately failed to find
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March10

Civics survey bill sent away by Reps

Civics education will remain status quo for the upcoming school year.   House members voted 30-33 against Senate Bill 52, which required schools to provide information for a survey of the adequacy of S.D. civics education, after House Education committee members voted 10-3 in favor of the previously hoghoused bill.   ASBSD opposed the bill,
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March09

Gov. to review special education study bill

The proposed in-depth study on special education is on its way to the governor’s desk.   Senate Bill 3, which creates the Special Education Interim Study to study special education in South Dakota, was amended and passed by the House Education committee on an 11-3 vote and by the House on a 48-16 vote, before being
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March09

New testing bill fails in House

Assessments in schools will not change for next school year.   House members defeated Senate Bill 188, which revises certain provisions regarding state tests, on an 18-45 vote after House Education committee members passed it 12-2.   “I don’t think we’re getting comprehensive results,” Rep. Rebecca Reimer told her fellow Representatives during the bill’s debate
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March08

Settlement prohibition bill passed on to Gov’s desk

A bill keeping the government from entering into confidential settlements reached the governor’s desk.   Senate Bill 59, which prohibits the state or a political subdivision from including a nondisclosure or confidentiality agreement in a settlement, passed the House State Affairs committee on a 7-4 vote and the House on a 54-9 vote, before being
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March08

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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March07

2019 Collective Bargaining Seminars scheduled this month

ASBSD will host three Collective Bargaining Seminars in March to assist school board members and administrators when negotiating the 2019-2020 contract with teachers (and, support staff, if support staff has a recognized bargaining unit).   The 2019 Collective Bargaining Seminars schedule includes:   The seminars will include a short overview of the law with a
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