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December07

Calling all ASBSD Legislative Action Network members

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 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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December06

Delegates determine focus of ASBSD for session

School board members descended on Pierre to don the role of Delegate and do due diligence in determining the legislative focus of ASBSD.   “Delegate Assembly is the time and place to establish your state school board association’s legislative direction and share your district’s view on key legislative topics,” ASBSD President Tom Farrell, of Madison
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November02

Get your delegate to the 2018 ASBSD Delegate Assembly

ASBSD’s Delegate Assembly is the time and place to establish your state school board association’s legislative direction and share your district’s view on key legislative topics.   Delegates will vote on ASBSD’s resolutions and standing positions, which set the legislative path for the 2019 legislative session. This year’s Delegate Assembly is set for Friday, November 16
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October19

Discuss the latest in K-12 education at a 2018 Region Meeting

Discuss the latest in K-12 education with fellow board members and administrators at an ASBSD Region Meeting this Fall.   ASBSD Executive Director Wade Pogany will visit nine locations across South Dakota to discuss potential legislation for the 2019 session and gather feedback on ASBSD’s legislative Resolutions and Standing Positions, as well as detail the latest services
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May05

Policy Alert: Alt. instruction, parent notification and agenda prep

Policies of a school district have the full force and effect of law and legally bind the school district.  Wessington Springs Ed. Assoc. v. Wessington springs Sch. Dist., 467 N.W. 2d 101 (S.D. 1991).     By Gerry Kaufman, ASBSD Director of Policy & Legal Services   Three ASBSD sample policies were amended recently.  
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February21

Appropriators tackle two education funding related bills

Two education funding related bills were taken down in committee on Tuesday (2/20).   On an 8-1 vote, members of the House Appropriations committee defeated House Bill 1263, which increases the allowable general fund cash balances for school districts.   The bill called for an increase in the fund balance caps, which were established in
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February13

Debate to participate ends in House

The debate to participate came to an end in the House, for now.   On a 28-38 vote, members of the House defeated House Bill 1120, which permits students receiving alternative instruction be deemed academically eligible by complying with alternative instruction requirements and allowed to participate in activities sponsored by the SDHSAA, on Monday.   The
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February09

Homeschool participation bill revived, then delayed

After being revived the debate on homeschool participation has been delayed.   Representatives brought back House Bill 1120, which permits students receiving alternative instruction be deemed academically eligible by complying with alternative instruction requirements and allowed to participate in activities sponsored by the SDHSAA, on the chamber floor this week.   Through what’s known as the
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February04

Local control prevails in participation bill debate

Local control on student activity participation requirements remains intact.   House Bill 1120, which permits students receiving alternative instruction be deemed academically eligible by complying with alternative instruction requirements and allowed to participate in activities sponsored by the SDHSAA or school districts, was defeated on a 9-5 vote by the House Education committee.   Two days
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January31

Comm. defers action on homeschool participation bill

The right to make local decisions on student activity participation remains in limbo.   House Education committee members took testimony on Wednesday (1/31) House Bill 1120, which permits students receiving alternative instruction be deemed academically eligible by complying with alternative instruction requirements and allowed to participate in activities sponsored by the SDHSAA or school districts,
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