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January26

Approps comm. approves bill related to current fiscal year budget

A bill revising funding for the current school year passed out of committee on Thursday (1/25).   Joint Appropriators passed House Bill 1045, which transfers $7.2 million to the general fund to support state aid to education in Fiscal Year 2018, on a unanimous vote.   The revision in funding will cover increases in state
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January15

Latest revenue report accounts for revised budget figures

South Dakota’s latest revenue report accounts for revisions to Fiscal Year 2018 budget.   At his December budget address, Gov. Dennis Daugaard proposed revenue figures for the FY18 budget at $20.3 million lower than the figures adopted by the legislature during the 2017 session.   The figures presented during the budget address resulted in a
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January01

LAN training webinar on Wednesday (1/24)

Advocating on behalf of our public school system is an important job and ASBSD’s Legislative Action Network (LAN) steps up to take on that task.   With the 2018 legislative session just two months away, we’re preparing for session by activating ASBSD LAN, which is designed to activate local school board members to communicate to legislators the
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December22

Collections well below projections in latest revenue report

South Dakota’s avoided the worst of winter’s coldest weather, thus far, but the state’s revenue collection last month was below zero, per se.   November’s reported revenue collections came in lower than any other month thus far in fiscal year 2018 with actual collections coming in nearly $17 million lower than the projection adopted by
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December07

Declining revenue collection results in no proposed inflationary increase for K-12

Due declining revenue in South Dakota, Gov. Dennis Daugaard proposed no inflationary increase for K-12 education for fiscal year 2019 during his budget address on Tuesday (12/5).   “I cannot recommend inflationary increases, at all,” Gov. Daugaard said, adding that funding for education for the 2018-19 school year will be “tied to increasing student enrollment”
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December06

Appropriators weigh in on waivers

Appropriators weighed in on the waivers received by school districts who did not meet one or both school finance accountability targets.   At Tuesday’s (12/5) legislative Joint Appropriations Committee meeting, appropriators unanimously approved 15 outright and 14 conditional waivers previously granted by the School Finance Accountability Board.   The mandates, which required 85 percent of the total state
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December05

Secretary Schopp: Four Decades Serving Public Education

Next week South Dakota will bid farewell to a staple in education in the state.   After four decades serving public education South Dakota Secretary of Education Melody Schopp is set to retire with her final day in the department on Friday, December 15.   “We’re going to miss working with and alongside Secretary Schopp,”
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November27

Accountability board weighs in on waivers, approves final report

This month, members of the School Finance Accountability Board met to determine the fate of waivers presented to them from school districts who did not meet one, or both, mandates tied to ensure an increase to teacher salaries and approve their final report to the legislative Appropriations committee.   “This very important work, which is
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November19

Five new schools join ASBSD’s Online Policy Community

ASBSD’s online policy services community added FIVE new members recently.   The Deuel, Dupree, Haakon, Lemmon and Sisseton School Districts joined 14 other South Dakota school districts in simplifying their school board policy process with help from ASBSD.   “The school board and administration wanted to revise existing policy to reflect current issues and legislation,”
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November09

Revenue figures dip in October

South Dakota grabbed a rebound in revenue numbers in September, but saw the figures tipped out of bounds in October.   October’s revenue figures came in nearly $5.6 million lower than the figure set by legislative projections adopted earlier this year. October’s loss comes on the heels of last month’s $3.5 million uptick on projections.
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