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April02

Schools receive 2.5 percent increase as Gov. signs budget, levy bills

With the governor’s signature on the final few bills left in legislative session, South Dakota schools are officially set to receive a 2.5 percent increase in state aid for the 2019-20 school year.   On Wednesday (3/27), Gov. Kristi Noem signed Senate Bill 191, which appropriates funds for the FY2020 general fund budget, and Senate
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April01

Legislature leaves session divided on Partridge Amendment plan

The two legislative chambers left the 2019 session still divided on how to adjust the state sales tax rate.   House and Senate members agreed to wait until next year to deal with the Partridge Amendment after a legislative conference committee could not come to an agreement on House Bill 1265, which adjusts the Partridge Amendment and permits
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March31

Accountability board meets to review waiver processes

The group charged with reviewing and acting upon accountability waivers met for the first time in 2019.   School Finance Accountability Board (SFAB) members convened on Monday (3/25) to review timelines for accountability waiver and update the teacher compensation accountability request for waiver form.   Established in 2016 as part of the funding formula overall,
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March07

2019 Collective Bargaining Seminars scheduled this month

ASBSD will host three Collective Bargaining Seminars in March to assist school board members and administrators when negotiating the 2019-2020 contract with teachers (and, support staff, if support staff has a recognized bargaining unit).   The 2019 Collective Bargaining Seminars schedule includes:   The seminars will include a short overview of the law with a
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March06

Apply for Workforce Education Grants

Workforce Education Grants are available for schools.   The South Dakota Department of Education is now accepting applications for the 2019 Workforce Education Grants, which are designed for districts to make transformational change in career and technical education programs.   Applications are due by Friday, March 29, with award announcements set for Monday, April 22.
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March01

Bill adjusting special education rebasing period passed

A bill rebasing special education funding flew through the final steps in the legislative process.   House Bill 1001, which requires the recalculation of the special education disability levels’ amount allocation to take place every two years, passed Senate Education on a 7-0 vote and the full Senate on a 33-0 vote.   ASBSD supports
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February28

2019 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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February25

Senate sends K-12 levy bills to House

The K-12 education levy bills advanced in the legislature.   Senators passed Senate Bill 179, which revises the property tax levies for the general fund of school districts and for state aid, on a 33-1 vote, and Senate Bill 182, which revises the special education property tax levy for school districts and the special education
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February25

House’s version of Partridge Amendment adjustment passed

It took two votes, but a second bill aiming to lower the state’s sales tax rate, albeit in a different manner, made its way across the Capitol hall.   Representatives passed House Bill 1265, which provides a mechanism to lower the sales tax rate if revenue collection provisions are reached, on a 38-30 vote, not
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February23

Approps oust other rev. equalization repeal bill

Other revenue will remain on the equalization track.   House Appropriators voted 8-1 to defeat House Bill 1109, which repeals other revenue equalization.   Equalization of other revenue dollars collected by school districts from six different tax areas came in 2016 as part of the Blue Ribbon Task Force package that increased in teacher pay. A five-year step down period began this
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