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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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February12

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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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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January30

Committee tables alternative instruction assessment bill

After debate, discussion and a day’s break to think on it, a bill altering assessment requirements for certain students stopped its legislative run.   House Education committee members tabled House Bill 1065, which removed the assessment requirement for students receiving alternative instruction, on a 13-2 vote.   The action came after the committee deferred additional
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January15

House Ed. and House advance two education bills

Committee members wasted no time in acting on legislation in House Ed.   In their first committee meeting of the 2019 legislative session, House Education committee members unanimously passed two education related bills.   House Bill 1001, which requires the recalculation of the special education disability levels’ amount allocation to take place every two years,
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January10

Gov. Noem notes ed. initiatives in inaugural State of the State

Gov. Kristi Noem touched on a few K-12 topics during her inaugural State of the State address on Tuesday (1/8).   Among those topics was a proposed requirement that every high school graduate be able to pass the United States Citizenship exam.   “Civics needs to reemerge,” Gov. Noem said during her address, adding that
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January03

Legislative session’s key dates in 2019

The 2019 legislative session begins soon and the 94th legislative session features more than a few key days.   This year’s session contains two more days than last year’s and kicks off with Gov. Kristi Noem’s first State of the State address on Tuesday, January 8.   Gov. Noem also plans to hold an additional
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