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June17

School Board Election Information posting requirement

During the 2018 legislative session, legislators passed and former Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed into law Senate Bill 66, which requires schools to report certain school board election information in their minutes.   The law was enacted on July 1, 2018 and school districts MUST post the required information within 60 days of the official canvas that follows the annual school
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May17

Legislative Interim committee studying Special Education appointed

The group charged to take on the in-depth legislative study of special education in South Dakota has been appointed.   Fourteen members – five legislators and nine other individuals – will serve on the Special Education Interim Legislative Committee, which was created by the passage of Senate Bill 3 during this year’s legislative session.  
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May01

ASBSD/COSA School Law Webinar recordings available

The best minds in school law in South Dakota brought their vast knowledge and information to you in a series of eight School Law Webinars.   Administrators can earn 1 CEU hour and Board members attending can earn 20 ALL points for their board!   The school law experts from COSA and ASBSD covered eight,
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April29

Tribal Regalia at Graduation Ceremonies

As your district’s 2019 graduation date approaches, ASBSD wants to remind schools that any student choosing to wear an eagle plume or eagle feather during the graduation ceremony must be allowed to do so.   In 2018, the legislature passed House Bill 1252, which prohibits certain government entities from prohibiting any person from wearing traditional tribal
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March31

Accountability board meets to review waiver processes

The group charged with reviewing and acting upon accountability waivers met for the first time in 2019.   School Finance Accountability Board (SFAB) members convened on Monday (3/25) to review timelines for accountability waiver and update the teacher compensation accountability request for waiver form.   Established in 2016 as part of the funding formula overall,
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March09

Gov. to review special education study bill

The proposed in-depth study on special education is on its way to the governor’s desk.   Senate Bill 3, which creates the Special Education Interim Study to study special education in South Dakota, was amended and passed by the House Education committee on an 11-3 vote and by the House on a 48-16 vote, before being
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March08

Settlement prohibition bill passed on to Gov’s desk

A bill keeping the government from entering into confidential settlements reached the governor’s desk.   Senate Bill 59, which prohibits the state or a political subdivision from including a nondisclosure or confidentiality agreement in a settlement, passed the House State Affairs committee on a 7-4 vote and the House on a 54-9 vote, before being
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March05

ECO Board bill bound for Gov.

A bill resetting the membership of a special education oversight board and establishing it in state statute is headed to the governor.   After unanimous votes by the House Education and full House, Senate Bill 1, which establishes the Extraordinary Cost Oversight Board in state statute and amends membership, headed to Gov. Kristi Noem for
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March04

Bill amending open meeting requirements bound for Gov.

Committee members concurred in providing flexibility in open meeting requirements.   On an 8-0 vote, House State Affairs passed Senate Bill 91, which revises open meeting requirements, and placed it on consent on the Senate floor agenda, all but ensuring it will reach Gov. Kristi Noem’s desk.   ASBSD supports the bill, which amends the public
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March01

Bill adjusting special education rebasing period passed

A bill rebasing special education funding flew through the final steps in the legislative process.   House Bill 1001, which requires the recalculation of the special education disability levels’ amount allocation to take place every two years, passed Senate Education on a 7-0 vote and the full Senate on a 33-0 vote.   ASBSD supports
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