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June24

Weekly News Links

Each week we’ll post links to news stories on K-12 education from the state’s various media outlets.   Aberdeen American News: Secondary education programs at NSU, DSU and USD honored by ranking.   Pierre Capital Journal: School funding committee starts study. (Read ASBSD’s blog posts on the funding committee – committee starts work, property tax
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June20

Committee members compliment town hall meetings

Compliments and conversation were shared by school funding study committee members about the input offered by board members and administrators at the four ASBSD and SASD town hall meetings.   “I was so impressed with the number of people that were there, the number of schools represented and the candor of their comments,” Committee member
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June20

Committee expresses concerns about capital outlay

School districts have until 2018 to use capital outlay funds for certain insurance, energy, utilities and motor fuel costs following the passage of Senate Bill 194 at the 2013 legislative session.   The provision proved troubling for some legislative interim school funding study committee members after a look at the increasing reliance on it.  
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June19

Committee’s interest peaked by property tax

The legislative interim committee studying school funding concluded its first meeting this afternoon in Pierre.   The committee, assigned to examine three main parameters of school funding’s effect, reviewed a variety of funding processes and revenue sources for schools and heard public testimony.   Property tax levies and their role in school funding proved a
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June19

School funding study starts

Members of the legislative interim committee charged with studying school funding began their work this morning at the Capitol building in Pierre.   Fourteen committee members started their examination around the parameters of how the school funding formula affects a district’s decision to seek an opt-out or utilize special tax levies, funding’s effect on graduation
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June19

Joint Convention (Aug. 8-9): Have it your way!

  Have it your way at the 2013 ASBSD and SASD Joint Convention!   Highlighted by our mass customized learning theme, this year’s convention features a keynote speech from a renowned MCL advocate and a multitude of breakout sessions covering the subject. In addition, the Joint Convention will offer attendees a variety of learning opportunities.
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June17

ASBSD Spring Tour: We want to hear from you

ASBSD wants to hear your thoughts on the school funding summer study, next year’s legislative focus and the major shifts coming to K-12 education in South Dakota.   Join ASBSD Executive Director Wade Pogany at one of the final three locations starting at 7 p.m. each night for ASBSD’s Spring Tour meeting.   -June 19 in Custer at Custer
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June17

ASBSD and SASD schedule meetings on summer study

ASBSD and SASD are very excited about the upcoming legislative interim study on education funding and we believe it benefits the study to have a dialogue between all interested parties prior to the committee’s first meeting.   We need you to be involved to make the study as beneficial as possible.   Our associations, in
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June14

Weekly News Links

Each week we’ll post links to news stories on K-12 education from the state’s various media outlets.   Aberdeen American News: General education taxes on ag-property dipping.   Aberdeen American News: Upward bound program preparing HS students with college like experience.   Argus Leader: BOR Director champions Common Core Standards.   Mitchell Daily Republic: Corsica
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June12

New appointments to funding study committee

Members of the Legislature’s Executive Board appointed Representatives Don Haggar (10) and Jenna Haggar (10) to the legislative interim committee studying school funding on Monday.   The new appointees will fill spots left open by Representatives Paula Hawks (9) and Dick Werner (22), both of whom declined their appointment.   Jenna Haggar was the Vice Chair of the House
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