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January29

Open Enrollment bill for Parents defeated

Senate Local Government committee members voted down a bill that would have allowed parents of open enrolled students to vote on issues or run for the school board in the district their child is open enrolled in despite not being a resident of the district.   On a 6-1 vote, committee members killed Senate Bill
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January28

Orson Ward elected to ASBSD Board of Directors

Lead-Deadwood School Board member Orson Ward was elected to the Associated School Boards of South Dakota’s Board of Directors last month.       Ward was elected to represent the association’s Western Region member districts in the 700-1,399 enrollment category. He will take the position in February.   Prior to his election, Ward served as
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January25

Important week for K-12 funding

K-12 education’s funding conversation got started this week in the legislature and takes its turn on center stage soon with bill hearings for legislation that would return the per-student allocation to its high-point of $4,805 and another that would guarantee a minimum, annual increase of two percent to funding for schools.   “The Associated School
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January24

DOE goes four for four in House Ed.

House Education moved on four bills introduced by the Department of Education on Friday.   House Bills 1030, 1031, 1032 and 1033 were all passed by the committee and head to the House floor.   In a 13-2 vote, HB 1030 advanced past the committee. The bill calls for the evaluation data of a teacher,
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January24

Two for one on Common Core

Two of the three bills related to Common Core passed through the Senate on Thursday. ASBSD supports the implementation of the Common Core Standards.   An amended version of Senate Bill 63, which protects the privacy of individual student records by prohibiting the collection of student information including, political affiliation, religious practices and family gun ownership among
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January24

Collective Bargaining Seminars rescheduled for February

ASBSD’s Collective Bargaining Seminar will return in February with a three meeting slate covering the negotiation process between school boards and district employees.   Collective Bargaining Seminars begin with registration from 8-8:30 a.m. and event from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will be held: Tuesday, Feb. 18 at the Rapid City Ramkota Hotel &
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January22

Two more related to Common Core pass

Two more bills tied to Common Core found passing votes on Wednesday. ASBSD supports the implementation of the Common Core Standards.   Members of the Senate State Affairs committee voted in favor of Senate Bills 63 and 64.   Senate Bill 63, which protects the privacy of individual student records by prohibiting the collection of
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January21

Senate says no to teacher shortage resolution

Unlike the House of Representatives, there was no resistance vocalized in the Senate for House Concurrent Resolution 1002. However, unlike the House (49-18 pass), the Senate voted down the resolution, 19-15.   HCR 1002 acknowledges the teacher shortage and the difficulties districts in South Dakota face in attracting and retaining qualified teachers. ASBSD supported the resolution.
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January21

Common Core Council bill passes committee

The conversation around Common Core came to the legislature for the first time in 2014.   Members of the Senate Education committee voted 5-2 to pass Senate Bill 62, which calls for the creation of the South Dakota Common Core Standards Evaluation Council.   ASBSD supports the implementation of the Common Core Standards.   An
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January20

ASBSD Legislative Day set for February

ASBSD invites school board members, superintendents and business managers from member districts to our 2014 Legislative Day on Tuesday, February 18.   ASBSD Legislative Day is a day of advocacy and action in support of public education.     School board members and administrators are invited to Pierre to learn about the latest status of
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