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January29

Scientific info bill sent to House

After consecutive years of being left to freeze on the 41st legislative day, a bill allowing teachers to theorize in the classroom on the strengths and weaknesses of scientific topics was warmed up to by Senators.   Senate Bill 55, which protects the teaching of certain scientific information, passed the Senate Education committee on a
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January16

Pledge program presents districts better interest rates on bonds

Members of the ASBSD Board of Directors received an overview of an expanded state program that increases the rating of capital outlay bonds or certificates issued to schools and provide them with better interest rates.   S.D. Health and Educational Facilities Authority Director Don Templeton shared information on the program, which was updated by the
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March29

Program promotes C/O bond rating increases, better interest rates for schools

During the 2015 legislative session, the South Dakota Legislature adopted Senate Bill 191 authorizing an expanded State Aid Pledge Program through the South Dakota Health and Educational Facilities Authority.   Lt. Gov. Matt Michels said the program is “beneficial to our schools” because it would designate the South Dakota Health and Educational Facilities Authority Intercept Program as
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February23

HB 1182: Sales Tax Increase bill passes House on second try

After years of need, months of discussion, weeks of review, days of votes and delays, and few changed minds, a bill providing the much needed revenue source for school districts to improve teacher pay took its first step towards becoming law on Monday (2/22).   Members of the House of Representatives voted 47-21 to pass
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February10

SB 5: MBC bill moves on to House

A new manner for the minor boundary change process found favor in the Senate on Tuesday (2/9).   Senators passed Senate Bill 5, which revises the process of school district boundary change, on a vote of 33-1.   SB 5 would remove the provision in law that allows for school district boundary changes to be
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February10

SB 159: Private school scholarship bill advances

The debate on providing private school scholarships for students returned to South Dakota’s legislature.   Senate Bill 159, which uses tax credits from the insurance company premium and annuity tax to fund private school scholarships, passed the Senate Education committee on a vote of 6-1.   SB 159 would provide $2 million in scholarship dollars
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February09

HB 1182: Sales tax increase bill sails through comm.

A parade of supporters and unanimous committee vote got Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s proposal to increase teacher pay off to a great start on Monday (2/8).   Nearly 20 supporters from the education, business and agriculture communities testified in favor of House Bill 1182, which increases the state’s sales tax by a half cent and reduces
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January30

HB 1086: Conversation on leased residential tax class continues

The debate about adding a leased residential property tax classification started on Thursday (1/27).   “What we don’t have is a category for those people that live in a property, but don’t own it,” Rep. Don Haggar, the bill’s sponsor, testified. “(House Bill 1086) just creates the category.”   House Taxation committee members expressed interest
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December08

Gov. Daugaard says teacher pay needs improvement, proposal coming in January

Gov. Dennis Daugaard punctuated his budget address on Tuesday (Dec. 8) by stating teacher salaries in South Dakota need to be improved.   “I agree that South Dakota needs to increase teacher salaries,” Gov. Daugaard said, noting that the state was falling behind other states in the upper plains region.   “The public expects us
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December03

ASBSD Board welcomes new member, discusses BRTF

Members of the ASBSD Board of Directors met last month and welcomed a new member to the board and reviewed the recommendations from the Blue Ribbon Task Force.   The Board of Directors were joined by Howard School Board President Rick Olson, who was recently appointed by ASBSD President Eric Stroeder to represent the Southeast
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