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March28

House Education sends new school system bill to 41st day

A smoke-out attempt didn’t save a bill creating a new school system in South Dakota, which had previously been defeated in committee.   Senate Bill 66, which creates and funds Oceti Sakowin community-based schools, was defeated by the House Education committee on a 9-5 vote with a smoke-out attempt being unsuccessful on the House floor
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March25

Senate approves BOE appointments

The latest members of the state Board of Education standards were confirmed recently.   Phyllis Heineman’s and Julie Westra’s appointments to the South Dakota State Board of Education were approved unanimously by the Senate Education committee and on a 31-3 by the full Senate. In January, Gov. Kristi Noem appointed each individual to the state board.  
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March02

New school system bill soars through Senate

There was no resistance on a bill creating a new school system in South Dakota as it crossed the Capitol hall.   Senators voted 35-0 in favor of Senate Bill 66, which creates and funds Oceti Sakowin community-based schools.   Sen. Troy Heinert said the bill “let’s parents work with the district and provide an
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March01

Earn ALL points by attending a 2020 Legislative Cracker Barrel

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.   Earn
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February29

School choice funding account bill tabled

After a weekend’s worth of thought, the legislators supporting the idea for state aid to be sent out of public school districts with students decided it wasn’t ready for passage.   “I think there’s just too many things we’re not going to get pulled in line this year,” Rep. Kalep Weis said of his legislation,
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February24

New school system bill sent to Senate floor

After three committee hearings, an amended version of a bill creating a new school system reached the Senate floor.   Senate Education committee members voted 7-0 in favor of Senate Bill 66, which creates and funds Oceti Sakowin community-based schools.   SB 66 would allow the proposed school to seek sponsorship with a school district,
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February23

Decision delayed on bill creating school choice funding account

A decision on a bill sending state aid with students leaving public schools has been delayed.   House Education committee members did not finish the bill hearing on House Bill 1258, which provides for child safety accounts for students subject to certain safety incidents, and will continue their discussion on Monday, February 24.   Sen.
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February20

Open enrollment prohibition bill prohibited from advancing

The open enrollment process in school districts will remain the same next year after the defeat of a bill placing a specific prohibition on the option.   Representatives voted 17-52 to defeat House Bill 1173, which prohibits a school board from denying an application for open enrollment from certain students. ASBSD opposes the bill.  
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February12

ASBSD Board of Directors meeting agenda: February, 2020

Below you will find the meeting agenda for the ASBSD Board of Directors meeting being held in Pierre, SD on Monday, February 17. A PDF version of the agenda can be downloaded on the Publications & Forms page.   ASBSD Board of Directors Ramkota River Center, 12:00 p.m., Pierre, SD   Call to Order – President Lutkemeier 1.1
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February03

Decision delayed on new school system bill

Groups on either side of a bill setting up a separate school system that receives state dollars have two weeks to reach an agreement to present to education committee members.   Senate Education committeemen unanimously agreed to bring Senate Bill 66, which creates and funds Oceti Sakowin community-based schools, back on Thursday, February 14 in
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