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December06

Appropriators weigh in on waivers

Appropriators weighed in on the waivers received by school districts who did not meet one or both school finance accountability targets.   At Tuesday’s (12/5) legislative Joint Appropriations Committee meeting, appropriators unanimously approved 15 outright and 14 conditional waivers previously granted by the School Finance Accountability Board.   The mandates, which required 85 percent of the total state
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December05

Secretary Schopp: Four Decades Serving Public Education

Next week South Dakota will bid farewell to a staple in education in the state.   After four decades serving public education South Dakota Secretary of Education Melody Schopp is set to retire with her final day in the department on Friday, December 15.   “We’re going to miss working with and alongside Secretary Schopp,”
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November27

Accountability board weighs in on waivers, approves final report

This month, members of the School Finance Accountability Board met to determine the fate of waivers presented to them from school districts who did not meet one, or both, mandates tied to ensure an increase to teacher salaries and approve their final report to the legislative Appropriations committee.   “This very important work, which is
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October24

Accountability Board reviews waiver process, updates procedures

Members of the board charged to review school district compliance with state mandates related to teacher pay recently discussed the upcoming waiver process for not meeting teacher pay mandates.   Thirty-six South Dakota school districts missed the mandates for the 2016-17 school year, which required 85 percent of the total state aid dollars be allocated for
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May01

Legislative comm. requests SFAB add appeal process to rules

The South Dakota Legislature’s Rule Review committee reviewed the rules of the School Finance Accountability Board (SFAB) and asked them to review their rules again to make some additions.   On a 3-2 vote, Rules Review committee members sent the SFAB rules back to the board with the request to add an appeals process, which
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March31

Is your district meeting accountability requirements?

Is your district in compliance with the school finance accountability requirements established through the 2016 education funding package?   Download the S.D. Department of Education’s Information on Accountabilities sheet here.   For fiscal year 2017, school districts had two accountability targets to meet related to teacher compensation: Total Compensation Accountability – requiring districts to put
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March31

Appropriators review role in waiver process

Legislative appropriators recently discussed their role in the accountability waiver process.   “We’re walking in some new ground here,” Sen. Larry Tidemann, Chair of the Appropriations committee, said during the committee’s first interim meeting of 2017.   The Appropriators reviewed the School Finance Accountability Board’s adopted accountability rules and how the committee fits in the
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March23

SFAB adopts rules, hears teacher pay accountability report

School Finance Accountability Board members met for the first time in 2017 and adopted a slightly amended version of the board’s rules.   SFAB’s rules outline the different facets of the board’s work including the waiver request process, which requires waiver requests be submitted to the board before the first Friday in November, the documentation school
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March12

SFAB seeking input from schools

A group charged to review school district compliance with the requirements of the state’s school funding formula is seeking input from school officials on their proposed rules.   Members of the School Finance Accountability Board are scheduled to meet at 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 16 to review and possibly approve proposed rules for the board.
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March10

Legislators approve increase in funding for schools

South Dakota public schools will NOT take a cut in funding and will receive a 0.3 percent increase in state aid for the 2017-18 school year.   Senate and House members overwhelmingly passed Senate Bill 35, which provides 0.3 percent increase in funding for the general and special education funds, raises levies to coincide with the
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