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June13

2019 ASBSD-SASD Convention schedule set

The schedule is set for the premier learning event for school board members and administrators!   The 2019 ASBSD-SASD Convention will be held Thursday and Friday, August 8-9 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center and feature nearly 40 informative breakout sessions covering school finance, school board governance, student achievement, important legal topics in K-12 education and
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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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February28

Committee resets civics test bill

Committee members returned the civics test bill back to its original form recently.   Senate Education committee members amended House Bill 1066, requires students to take a civics test before graduating from high school, back to the bill’s original form and passed it on a 5-2 vote.   When it initially reached the committee, HB 1066
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February28

2019 Legislative Cracker Barrels

Legislative Cracker Barrels in your area offer access to your local legislators, as well as the chance to hear their answers on a variety of legislative topics.   Below you will find a list of dates and locations of legislative cracker barrels being held throughout South Dakota that have been posted thus far.   Please
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February16

Citizenship test requirement for public and private school students reaches Senate

Representatives guided a bill requiring only public and private school students pass a citizenship test to graduate across the Capitol hall.   On a 38-31 vote, House members passed House Bill 1066, which requires public and private school students to pass a citizenship test before graduating from high school.   Rep. Caleb Finck previously moved
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February13

Graduation test requirement bill stalls in House

Decision on a bill implementing the imposition of passing a citizenship exam in order for students only enrolled in public and private schools to graduate was deferred to another day.   House Bill 1066, which requires public and private school students to pass a citizenship test before graduating from high school, was debated before the
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February11

Public and private school students included in civics test requirement

Ten days after its initial hearing, a bill backing a required civics test for most students passed committee.   On an 11-3 vote, an amended version of House Bill 1066, which requires public and private school students to pass a citizenship test before graduating from high school, passed the House Education committee.   The initial
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February05

Gov. Noem to review opportunity scholarship access bill

A bill dealing with access to the opportunity scholarship has reached its final stage before becoming law.   House members concurred in Senate amendments to House Bill 1040, which revises provisions for alternative instruction students to receive the opportunity scholarship, on a 70-0 vote.   HB 1040 now heads to Gov. Kristi Noem for her review and potential
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February02

Opportunity Scholarship bill amended, returns to House

A bill dealing with access to the opportunity scholarship was amended and returned to its original chamber.   Senate Education committee members amended and passed House Bill 1040, which revises provisions for alternative instruction students to receive the opportunity scholarship, on a 5-0 vote, followed by the entire Senate passing the bill on a 26-7 vote.
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February01

One more LAN Training Webinar scheduled

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 2019 legislative session having begun, we need LAN members to be read to communicate to legislators the positions of ASBSD and their local board on legislative issues relating to public
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