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March11

K-12 levy bills leaning towards finish line

The homestretch is here for the K-12 education levy bills.   Senate Bill 179, which revises the property tax levies for the general fund of school districts and for state aid, passed the House Appropriations committee on a 6-1 vote and the full House on a 60-2 vote.   “School boards need your help,” ASBSD
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March11

Partridge Amendment adjustment at legislative crossroad

What a difference a few weeks has made in the conversation about adjusting the state sales tax rate.   House Bill 1265 and Senate Bill 86 each passed their respective chambers as their plans to adjust the Partridge Amendment, however, upon reaching the other sides of the Capitol, the State Affairs committees of each chamber
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March10

Civics test bill sees its end in session

The civics test saw its end in South Dakota’s citizen legislature.   On a vote of 13-21, Senators defeated a once again amended House Bill 1066, which requires students to take a civics test before graduating from high school.   A bill that had been wrung through the amendment ringer multiple times ultimately failed to find
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March10

Civics survey bill sent away by Reps

Civics education will remain status quo for the upcoming school year.   House members voted 30-33 against Senate Bill 52, which required schools to provide information for a survey of the adequacy of S.D. civics education, after House Education committee members voted 10-3 in favor of the previously hoghoused bill.   ASBSD opposed the bill,
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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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March09

New testing bill fails in House

Assessments in schools will not change for next school year.   House members defeated Senate Bill 188, which revises certain provisions regarding state tests, on an 18-45 vote after House Education committee members passed it 12-2.   “I don’t think we’re getting comprehensive results,” Rep. Rebecca Reimer told her fellow Representatives during the bill’s debate
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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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March07

2019 Collective Bargaining Seminars scheduled this month

ASBSD will host three Collective Bargaining Seminars in March to assist school board members and administrators when negotiating the 2019-2020 contract with teachers (and, support staff, if support staff has a recognized bargaining unit).   The 2019 Collective Bargaining Seminars schedule includes:   The seminars will include a short overview of the law with a
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March05

Motto posting bill makes way to Gov. with hold harmless clause included

Local control may have lost out on the motto posting bill, but legislators agreed to protect the schools for following the mandate.   House members amended and passed Senate Bill 55, which requires public schools to display the national motto of the United States – “In God We Trust” – in a prominent location in
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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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