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February22

Bill limiting school board advocacy resources passes comm.

School board members representing South Dakota’s public districts could see limitations to their advocacy efforts that other elected officials throughout the state do not have placed on them.   Senate Education committee members voted 4-2 to pass an amended version of Senate Bill 134, which would prohibit the use of public school resources to advocate
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February21

Rev. projections pose possible problem for proposed funding increase

South Dakota’s revenue projections point to possible trouble for schools to maintain the proposed one percent increase in funding for next year.   Legislative appropriators adopted revenue projections coming in at $27.7 million less than what was proposed during December’s budget address. The main culprit of the reduction in revenue was the state’s sales and
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February20

Collective Bargaining Seminars set to explain latest on negotiations

ASBSD will host one more Collective Bargaining Seminar in March to update school board members and administrators on the many facets of negotiations process for teachers and staff in 2017.   The remaining 2017 Collective Bargaining Seminar will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on:   It will cover how districts must apply the funding
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February19

SafeSchools providing required suicide prevention training

The South Dakota Department of Education recently approved SafeSchools Training as a provider of Youth Suicide Awareness and Prevention training.   The Youth Suicide Awareness and Prevention training requirement comes from the passage of 2016’s Senate Bill 129, which establishes certain suicide awareness and prevention training requirements for certain school employees.   South Dakota’s training
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February19

Learn more about the ASBPT health fund during our free webinars

Learn more about the unparalleled access to the health benefits available to school districts and their employees through the South Dakota School District Benefits Fund and the steps made to enhance the health benefits fund at our FREE, SDSDBF Informational Webinars.   Find out about SDSDBF’s strong partnership with Wellmark Blue Cross & Blue Shield of
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February17

Bill prohibiting recording in class without permission passed

Permission would be required to record – visually or audibly – in South Dakota classrooms should a hoghoused bill continue rolling through the legislature.   House Bill 1196, which prohibits the unauthorized use of electronic listening or recording devices in classrooms, passed the House Education committee on an 8-6 vote, after being hoghoused to its
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February16

Dyslexia policy bill passed by comm

An amended version of a bill adding support for dyslexic – and similarly learning disabled – students passed its first legislative committee.   On a 13-2 vote, House Education committee members supported House Bill 1133, which requires a school district to adopt a policy to provide for students with specific learning disabilities, including dyslexia.  
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February15

Bill updating COI law passed by committee

Conflict of interest law is in line for an update following a legislative committee’s approval of new bill.   House Judiciary committee members unanimously passed House Bill 1170, which amends the conflict of interest disclosure law, on Monday (2/13).   ASBSD supports the bill and was an integral part in the development of new provisions
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February14

Pair of school bus bills pass House

Two transportation bills related to schools trekked toward the Senate recently.   The House Transportation committee and House floor passed House Bill 1109, which prohibits the use of handheld electronic wireless devices by school bus drivers. ASBSD is monitoring the bill.   Rep. Craig Tieszen, HB 1109’s sponsor, said the bill “will prevent school bus
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February14

Tech school governance board bill bound for Gov.

Gov. Dennis Daugaard will receive the bill creating the governing board for postsecondary technical institutes.   Senate Bill 65, which establishes the South Dakota Board of Technical Education and revises certain provisions for CTE and tech institutes, passed House State Affairs committee and House floor recently.   ASBSD supports the bill, which still provides local control
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