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June21

Supreme Court sides with S.D. in online sales tax collection

South Dakota earned victory in the argument over online sales tax collection.   In a 5-4 decision, members of the U.S. Supreme Court sided with South Dakota in its challenge that states can collect sales tax from online retailers. The high court’s decision comes two months after Attorney General Marty Jackley presented the state’s case
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June20

Teacher Compensation Review Board meets for first time

The board charged with studying South Dakota’s progress on teacher pay convened for the first time on Wednesday (6/20).   Members of the Teacher Compensation Review Board, which was established in 2016 as part of legislation that overhauled the state’s funding formula, began their review of teacher compensation, including comparable wage indexes in surrounding states.  
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June19

Health fund retains all members, adds 14 new districts

Nearly 70 school districts and education cooperatives will comprise the health fund in Fiscal Year 2019.   The South Dakota School District Benefits Fund retained 100 percent of its membership – marking the second straight fiscal year the fund retained every member – AND added 14 new members to bring the total number of participants
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June18

p-Card picks up members & rebate dollars for sixth straight year

For the sixth year running, the p-Card Program added more members and earned more in rebates.   The p-Card Program, which is supported by ASBSD and the Illinois Association of Business Officials, saw a growth from 27 participating members in 2017 to 29 in 2018 and those members earned $82,420 in total rebates this year.
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June17

Committee commences Extraordinary Cost Fund study

Legislators tabbed to review special education funding began their study recently (6/13).   The 13-member legislative panel convened to review South Dakota’s extraordinary cost fund for special education, which districts can apply for to receive additional funding for special education costs.   “It’s an important subject for all of us,” Committee Chair Rep. Mary Duvall
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June16

Policy Alert: Posting school district election information

Policies of a school district have the full force and effect of law and legally bind the school district.  Wessington Springs Ed. Assoc. v. Wessington springs Sch. Dist., 467 N.W. 2d 101 (S.D. 1991).     By Gerry Kaufman, ASBSD Director of Policy & Legal Services   During the 2018 legislative session, legislators passed and Gov. Dennis
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June07

Revenue collection remains ahead with one month to go

Revenue for the fourth and fifth months of 2018 found the black and put fiscal year 2018 a positive final month away from collections outpacing estimates.   S.D. Bureau of Finance and Management reported April’s collections coming in $4.2 million above estimates with the Bank Franchise Tax ($4.7 million) being the month’s biggest winner while
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June05

Project StandUp for School Safety program being introduced

Associated School Boards of South Dakota and the School Administrators of South Dakota have joined the South Dakota’s Chiefs and Sheriffs Association, Project StandUp and the South Dakota Attorney General’s Office to bring an anonymous tipping platform for school violence to South Dakota.   The new public safety tool, which the S.D. Department of Criminal
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June04

Public comment sought on proposed graduation requirements

High school graduation requirements in South Dakota may be revamped and the state is seeking input on what the public would like to see included.   The South Dakota Department of Education encourages the public to engage in a conversation about proposed revisions to South Dakota’s high school graduation requirements by submitting their comments on
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June01

Register for the premier learning event for board members and administrators

Interact with and learn from your fellow board members and administrators at the 2018 ASBSD-SASD Convention, which will feature insightful general session speakers and informative breakout sessions on a variety of topics, as well as more than one hundred exhibitors offering great services to K-12 education, on Thursday and Friday, August 9-10 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.
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