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January21

Three, FREE LAN Update webinars remain

ASBSD plans to hold three, free ASBSD LAN Update webinars beginning at 7 p.m. (Central) for LAN members to discuss their role as a LAN member, advocating strategies and provide updates from the 2020 legislative session. The webinars are scheduled for: Thursday, Jan. 30 Webinar (Go To Webinar Link) Wednesday, Feb. 5 Webinar (Go To
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January21

Meet the 2020 House Education committee

Every member of the House Education committee will return to their post.   The 15-member House Education committee, which will meet on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7:45 a.m., brings every member back for the 2020 legislative session with Rep. Lana Greenfield serving as committee chair for her second year.   Let’s get to know the
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January20

Meet the 2020 Senate Education committee

There’s a single change to the Senate Education committee for the 2020 legislative session.   Sen. Blake Curd will serve as Chair of the seven-member Senate Education committee, which is scheduled to meet on Tuesday and Thursday at 7:45 a.m. Sen. Alan Solano resigned from the legislature last fall.   Let’s meet the committee members:  
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January19

Earn ALL points by attending a 2020 Legislative Cracker Barrel

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.   Earn
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January14

Gov. Noem notes rise in revenue, possibility for state aid increase

South Dakota’s revenue figures from the holiday season brought with them some cheer and a note from Gov. Kristi Noem during her State of the State Address that any extra money should be prioritized for K-12 education.   “Since my budget address, revenues have been slightly better than expected,” Gov. Noem said during her address
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January11

Advocate at the Capitol at the 2020 ASBSD Legislative Day

ASBSD invites school board members and administrators from member districts to our 2020 Legislative Day on Tuesday, February 18.   ASBSD Legislative Day is a day of advocacy and action in support of public education and school board members will be honored for their service to public education as part of South Dakota School Board Recognition Week.  
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December28

ASBSD-DEC conducting four superintendent searches

The superintendent search partnership between ASBSD and Dakota Education Consulting is off and running already with four active searches.   Superintendent searches are underway for the Chamberlain, Ethan and Hot Springs School Districts and for the South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.   Chamberlain’s application deadline is Thursday, January 30, 2020 and
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December10

No inflationary increase in state aid proposed, enrollment bump and special education rebase included

Shrinking revenue collections are scaling back spending in the state budget resulting in schools not receiving an increase in state aid for next school year.   “Money is tight this year,” Gov. Kristi Noem told legislators during her Fiscal Year 2021 budget address. “I will not be able to recommend inflationary increases.”   Gov. Noem
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December08

Online sales tax collection continues to be cloudy

Discussion revolving around online sales tax revenue returned to the legislature recently.   Legislative Research Council representatives Wenzel Cummings and Jeff Mehlhaff appeared before the Legislature’s Executive Board recently (12/3), just a few weeks after (11/19)  sharing information on Sales Tax Reduction from Remote Sales with the committee.   At the November meeting, the Executive Board voted
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December06

Special Education comm. completes interim report

Recommendations have emerged from the legislative committee charged with studying special education.   Last month, the Special Education Interim Legislative Committee concluded their in-depth look at special education without formal recommendations being acted upon or presented to the Legislature’s Executive Board members at their November meeting.   Recently, however, the final interim committee report to the Executive
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