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February24

Capital outlay compromise bill clears committee

Compromise was reached in capital outlay legislation last week.   On a 6-1 vote, Senate Education committee members passed a freshly amended version of Senate Bill 170, which revises certain provisions regarding school district capital outlay funds.   The latest version of SB 170 makes multiple changes to the Capital Outlay fund, including: Amends the
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February24

Earn ALL points by attending a 2020 Legislative Cracker Barrel

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.   Earn
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February24

New school system bill sent to Senate floor

After three committee hearings, an amended version of a bill creating a new school system reached the Senate floor.   Senate Education committee members voted 7-0 in favor of Senate Bill 66, which creates and funds Oceti Sakowin community-based schools.   SB 66 would allow the proposed school to seek sponsorship with a school district,
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February23

Other revenue bill ousted from session

The last other revenue adjustment bill of session was ousted in committee.   On a 4-2 vote, Senate Taxation committee members defeated Senate Bill 168, which freezes the other revenue step-down process at 60 percent counted as local effort. Previously, Senate Bill 111 was passed by the committee, but defeated on the Senate floor.  
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February23

Decision delayed on bill creating school choice funding account

A decision on a bill sending state aid with students leaving public schools has been delayed.   House Education committee members did not finish the bill hearing on House Bill 1258, which provides for child safety accounts for students subject to certain safety incidents, and will continue their discussion on Monday, February 24.   Sen.
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February22

Inquiry and reports timeline adjustment bill advances

It took three votes for a bill adjusting the timelines schools have to provide information to parents to get out of committee.   After two votes – to defeat and then pass – deadlocked at 7-7, House Education committee members sent House Bill 1218, which requires responses and reporting regarding student, testing, evaluation and observation,
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February22

Bill circumventing counselor confidentiality continues on in session

The confidentiality students share with counselors is in danger as committee members passed a bill removing the right.   House Bill 1167, which circumvents the confidentiality between student and counselor, passed the House Education committee on an 8-6 vote. The bill would require a counselor to share any disclosure a student makes in a session
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February22

School law and security lead topics for School Law Webinars

The School Law Webinar series is returning to connect you with the best minds in school law and security.   Join COSA and ASBSD as our school law experts cover seven key legal and security topics affecting school districts in an hour-long webinar, which will also feature time for you to get your questions about
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February21

Bill reimbursing schools for Sentinel training to Senate

A bill reimbursing schools for training costs related to the Sentinel program crossed the Capitol hall.   House Bill 1152, which provides financial assistance for school sentinel training, passed the House of Representatives on a 45-25 vote last week.   HB 1152 would provide a $1,500 reimbursement – paid by the S.D. Department of Education – to school districts
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February21

Kindergarten enrollment eligibility bill on to Senate

A bill pushing back the enrollment eligibility date for kindergarten reached the halfway point in the legislature.   On a 62-7 vote, Representatives passed House Bill 1174, which changes the kindergarten enrollment eligibility date.   Starting in 2021, HB 1174 would move the cutoff date for kindergarten enrollment from September 1 to August 1 thus requiring
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