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February13

Graduation test requirement bill stalls in House

Decision on a bill implementing the imposition of passing a citizenship exam in order for students only enrolled in public and private schools to graduate was deferred to another day.   House Bill 1066, which requires public and private school students to pass a citizenship test before graduating from high school, was debated before the
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February12

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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February11

Public and private school students included in civics test requirement

Ten days after its initial hearing, a bill backing a required civics test for most students passed committee.   On an 11-3 vote, an amended version of House Bill 1066, which requires public and private school students to pass a citizenship test before graduating from high school, passed the House Education committee.   The initial
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February11

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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February10

Senate sends open meeting amendment bill to House

Flexibility in open meeting requirements found favor in the Senate.   Senate Bill 91, which revises open meeting requirements, passed the Senate State Affairs committee on a 9-0 vote and the full Senate on a 30-0 vote.   ASBSD supports the bill, which amends the public comment period at meetings by putting the period with
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February09

Gender dysphoria instruction bill on way to House floor

Lengthy debate led to a narrow vote on a bill dictating instruction in schools.   House Education committee members voted 9-6 to pass House Bill 1108, which prohibits gender dysphoria instruction in public schools.   HB 1108 was amended to reference gender dysphoria, which involves a conflict between a person’s physical or assigned gender and the
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February07

Motto bill backed by Senate

Permitting public schools the option to decide if they wish to post the national motto in their buildings passed the halfway point of the legislative process.   Senators passed Senate Bill 55, which allows public schools to display the national motto of the United States in their school buildings, on a 27-7 vote.   Sen.
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February06

Advocate at the Capitol at the 2019 ASBSD Legislative Day

ASBSD invites school board members and administrators from member districts to our 2019 Legislative Day on Tuesday, February 19.   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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February06

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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February06

Access to opioid antagonists for schools approved by Senate

A bill allowing schools access to opioid antagonists crossed the Capitol hall.   On a 33-0 vote, Senators passed Senate Bill 84, which permits a school district to possess and, if needed, administer opioid antagonists.   SB 84 permits a school board to acquire opioid antagonists, as it would be directed in state law and administrative
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