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January17

“Quotes” of Note from Senate Ed.

It’s been limited to this point, but at Tuesday’s (1/15) Senate Education committee meeting, three Senators broached the subject of and possible alternatives to school funding.   Senator Deb Soholt (14) said the current funding formula feels “like it’s in its own universe in relationship to where we really need to go with accountability.”   “Away from funding,
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January17

Two bills from morning committees

  Change possible for petition notarization   House Local Government committee members unanimously voted “do pass” on House Bill 1018, which would require independent notarization on an election candidate’s nominating petition.   Secretary of State Jason Gant testified the bill would make it clear for candidates that “yes you may or no you may not” notarize
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January16

LAN’s role in lobbying

ASBSD’s Legislative Action Network plays the role of grassroots lobbyist in the big picture of K-12 education advocacy.   Each ASBSD member district is asked to appoint one or more school board members as a LAN contact to lead their local school board in advocating for K-12 education. LAN members are tasked with keeping their
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January16

Bill calls for ESA funding return

Restoration of state funding for Education Service Agencies was introduced today in the form of Senate Bill 76.   The bill calls for $500,000 from the general fund be given to the Department of Education for the 2013 fiscal year for the ESAs, which had most of its state funding cut in 2009. DOE would
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January15

Back to it

South Dakota’s 88th legislative session kicks off its second week this morning. The second meeting of the Senate Education Committee meeting leads off the day with Secretary of Education Melody Schopp will be presenting the DOE’s educational outcomes plan for the coming years.   Last week saw 133 bills filed, but a mere six listed
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January15

Back to it

South Dakota’s 88th legislative session kicks off its second week this morning. The second meeting of the Senate Education Committee meeting leads off the day with Secretary of Education Melody Schopp will be presenting the DOE’s educational outcomes plan for the coming years.   Last week saw 133 bills filed, but a mere six listed
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January15

Bill Tracker up and running

ASBSD’s new Bill Tracker program is now live and populated with bills. Technical issues delayed the uploading of bills temporarily, but the problems have been resolved.   Bill Tracker will be regularly updated as new legislation related to K-12 education is introduced.   You’ll notice the look of Bill Tracker has changed since previous years because this
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January11

Meet the members of House and Senate ed.

The House and Senate Education committees have started their meeting schedules early in this session.   The House Education committee kicked off the 88th legislative session’s committee schedule on Wednesday with a report from Secretary of Education Melody Schopp on the Department of Education’s educational outcomes.   On Thursday, the Senate Education committee met for
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January11

Alphabet soup and ASBSD

How are those two things related?   They were the topics covered by ASBSD Executive Director Wade Pogany at this morning’s House Education Committee meeting.   Pogany was on hand to discuss ASBSD and its purpose and goals, but, before that, as Committee Chair Rep. Jacqueline Sly put it “to help us with the alphabet
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January11

ASBSD Legislative Roundup

The first week of the 2013 legislative session is complete and a total of 133 bills have been introduced, but, so far, legislation related to K-12 education has been minimal. As we know, however, that will change.   One piece of legislation already introduced that ASBSD is closely monitoring is Senate Bill 15. The bill
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