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April03

Extraordinary cost fund tabbed for interim study

An area of school funding will be studied by the legislature in this year’s interim.   Members of the legislature’s Executive Board voted unanimously to study the state’s extraordinary cost fund, which districts can apply for to receive additional funding for special education costs.   “This fund is getting hit pretty hard,” Rep. Hugh Bartels
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March19

SFAB reviews latest waiver process

The focus of the waiver process turns to general fund cash balance in 2018.   Last year, members of the School Finance Accountability Board acted on teacher compensation waivers and at their first meeting of the year (3/12), the board took a look at the general fund cash balance waiver process.   “I know that
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March08

Gov. gets look at cap outlay obligations bill

The governor will get a look at a bill adjusting capital outlay caps.   Senators passed House Bill 1297, which revises certain provisions regarding capital outlay obligations, on a 33-1 vote.   HB 1297 permit districts to raise their C/O levy to a level necessary to cover their capital outlay obligations and allows them to utilize
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March07

Bill permitting Appropriators to act on waivers on to Gov.

A bill providing appropriators more options when it comes to acting on accountability waivers got through to the governor.   Senators passed an amended House Bill 1166, which provides the Joint or Interim Appropriations committee the power to approve, amend or deny teacher compensation waivers, on a 30-3 vote.   An amendment added on the Senate floor adds a step
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March01

Bill providing appropriators leeway on waivers reaches Senate floor

A bill providing appropriators more decision making ability on waivers is a step closer to law.   On a 6-3 vote, Senate appropriators approved House Bill 1166, which provides the Joint or Interim Appropriations committee the power to approve, amend or deny teacher compensation waivers.   Sen. Justin Cronin told committee members the bill came about following the past year’s
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February24

Accountability adjustment bills falter on floors

Two bills aimed at adjusting accountability faltered on their respective chamber floors last week (2/22).   On a 32-34 vote, Representatives defeated House Bill 1128, which revises certain provisions regarding increases in teacher compensation.   HB 1128 required school districts to meet the teacher compensation accountability standard by increasing salaries by 65 percent of the actual percentage provided
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February20

Two bills aim to adjust funding accountability

Two bills aimed at adjusting school funding accountability cleared their committee hearings on Tuesday (2/20).   Senate Education committee members passed Senate Bill 213, which revises certain education funding provisions, on a 5-1 vote. The bill was initially introduced as a vehicle bill.   SB 213 would tie a teacher compensation increase for the next
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February16

Appropriators adopt revenue projections above December’s proposal

Revenue projections adopted by appropriators present hope for a possible funding increase for schools.   On Tuesday (2/13), members of the Joint Appropriations committee adopted revenue projections for the Fiscal Year 2019 budget totaling $1.641 billion, which exceeds the $1.622 billion in revenue proposed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard during his budget address in December.  
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February15

Three house bills passed

Three house bills passed out of the legislative chambers on Wednesday (2/14).   Senators passed House Bill 1099, which revises certain provisions regarding dual education credit, on a 25-8 vote. The bill had previously passed the Senate Education committee, 5-1.   “This program has been a great success,” Sen. Jim Bolin said during discussion on the
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February08

House Approps pass one, pass over another

Two bills, two actions in appropriations on Thursday (2/8).   House Appropriations members passed House Bill 1166, provides the Joint or Interim Appropriations committee the power to approve, amend or deny teacher compensation waivers, on an 8-1 vote.   ASBSD supported the bill.   “This gives (the committee) some flexibility to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’
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