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April02

Join ASBSD & COSA online for an upcoming School Law Webinar

The best minds in school law in South Dakota are bringing their vast knowledge and information to you in a series of eight School Law Webinars.   Administrators attending can earn 1 CEU hour and Board members attending can earn 20 ALL points for their board!   Join COSA and ASBSD one afternoon a month
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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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March08

Settlement prohibition bill passed on to Gov’s desk

A bill keeping the government from entering into confidential settlements reached the governor’s desk.   Senate Bill 59, which prohibits the state or a political subdivision from including a nondisclosure or confidentiality agreement in a settlement, passed the House State Affairs committee on a 7-4 vote and the House on a 54-9 vote, before being
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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

2019 ASBSD guide for current and potential school board members

ASBSD’s guide will prepare new, current and potential school board candidates for their role on the board.   ASBSD Leadership Development Director Dr. Randy Royer has revised and updated a brief video guide (and printable presentation) to share with new, current and potential school board members.   “The latest edition of the guide walks interested individuals through the steps of becoming a
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March04

Bill amending open meeting requirements bound for Gov.

Committee members concurred in providing flexibility in open meeting requirements.   On an 8-0 vote, House State Affairs passed Senate Bill 91, which revises open meeting requirements, and placed it on consent on the Senate floor agenda, all but ensuring it will reach Gov. Kristi Noem’s desk.   ASBSD supports the bill, which amends the public
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March02

Emergency clause added to opioid antagonist access bill

An amended version of a bill permitting schools to access opioid antagonists reached the governor’s desk.   Representatives amended and passed Senate Bill 84, which permits a school district to possess and, if needed, administer opioid antagonists, on a 69-0 vote. With Senators concurring with the amendments on a 34-0 vote.   The amended version
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February28

Committee resets civics test bill

Committee members returned the civics test bill back to its original form recently.   Senate Education committee members amended House Bill 1066, requires students to take a civics test before graduating from high school, back to the bill’s original form and passed it on a 5-2 vote.   When it initially reached the committee, HB 1066
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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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