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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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March10

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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March09

Bill updating COI law on way to Gov.

A bill updating the conflict of interest statute is headed for the desk of Gov. Dennis Daugaard.   House members unanimously concurred with Senate amendments to House Bill 1170, which amends the conflict of interest disclosure law, sending the bill to the governor for review and signature.   ASBSD supports the bill.   Executive Director
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March09

A guide for school board candidates

Is your district in need of a method for preparing potential school board candidates for or updating current school board members on 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 candidates and current members.   “The updated guide
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March09

COI penalty bill passed on to Gov.

An upgrade to criminal charges that can be filed for a conflict of interest crime has climbed to the governor’s desk.   House Judiciary committee members and Representatives passed Senate Bill 27, which prohibits public officials from misusing their position for personal gain, provides a penalty therefor and implements a grievance process for reporting misuse.  
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March08

ASBSD Board meets for first time in 2017

Members of the ASBSD Board of Directors met for the first time in 2017 and welcomed a new member to the board.   Rapid City School Board Member Ron Riherd joined the ASBSD Board of Directors for his meeting representing the district.     Riherd is in his first year on his local board and
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March06

COI update bill passes Senate

A bill updating last year’s conflict of interest law has passed the Senate and will be a vote away in the House away from heading to the governor.   House Bill 1170, which amends the conflict of interest disclosure law, passed the Senate Local Government committee on a unanimous vote and received a lone nay vote
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March02

Crossover Day crosses out three ed. related bills

Crossover Day saw the end for two education related bills in the Senate and one in the House, last week.   Senate Bill 134, which would prohibit the use of public school resources to advocate for an outcome in any partisan election or legislative vote, was overwhelming opposed by Senators on a 27-8 vote.  
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March02

Two bills tumble out of ed. committees

Two bills tumbled out of favor of the education committees recently.   House Education committee members voted 11-4 to send Senate Bill 55, which protects the teaching of certain scientific information, to the 41st legislative day – essentially ending its run this session.   The bill would have allowed teachers to theorize in the classroom
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March02

Reserve fund timeline extension bill cut short

A bill that would have extended the timeline for a district to spend down their reserves spent its last day in the legislature on Thursday (3/2).   House Appropriations committee members voted 6-2 against Senate Bill 92, which changes the year a school district is required to bring general fund reserves down to a certain
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