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February21

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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February21

Collective Bargaining Seminars set for March

ASBSD will host three Collective Bargaining Seminars in March to update school board members and administrators on the many facets of negotiations process for teachers and staff.   The 2018 Collective Bargaining Seminars will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on: Tuesday, March 13 in Pierre at the Ramkota RiverCentre Wednesday, March 14
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February20

2018 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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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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February15

Cap Outlay adjustment bill comes out of comm.

A bill affecting capital outlay caps and obligations passed committee on Thursday (2/15).   On a 10-4 vote, House Taxation committee members passed House Bill 1240, which revises certain provisions regarding C/O funding for schools.   The bill increases the alternative capital outlay cap to $3,000 per student, up from $2,800 per student, and permits
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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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February07

School property tax exemption bill advances

A bill codifying language exempting housing owned by school districts for certified teachers to be tax exempt cleared another legislative hurdle on Wednesday (2/7).   House Bill 1143, which revises certain provisions regarding the tax exemption of certain school owned property, passed the Senate Taxation committee on a 7-0 vote.   ASBSD supports the bill.   “Housing
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February03

Two school board related bills take divergent paths in House

Two school board related bills took divergent paths on Friday (2/2).   House State Affairs members defeated House Bill 1211, which requires all property tax opt out decisions be referred to a vote, on an 8-5 vote.   ASBSD opposed the bill.   ASBSD Executive Director Wade Pogany testified in opposition of the bill citing
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February01

Three education bills cross Chambers

Three education bills crossed Chambers on Wednesday (1/31).   Senators passed Senate Bill 46, which requires school districts to adopt a policy limiting the use of restraint and seclusion, on a 32-3 vote.   Sen. Deb Soholt told her fellow Senators the bill would “give guidance for the school district for their local control decision
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January30

Addition to school property tax exemption approved

A bill clarifying school property tax exemptions passed committee on Tuesday (1/30).   House Taxation committee members passed House Bill 1143, which revises certain provisions regarding the tax exemption of certain school owned property, on a 10-4 vote.   HB 1143 would specifically codify language exempting housing owned by school districts for certified teachers to
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