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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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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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February19

State aid increase in play after revenue figures higher than December’s numbers

The chances of schools seeing an increase in state aid were buoyed by last week’s adopted revenue projections.   Members of the Joint Appropriations committee adopted revenue projections for Fiscal Year 2021 $19 million higher than what was projected by Gov. Kristi Noem during her budget address in December, which did not include a proposed
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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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February10

Sentinel funding, kindergarten eligibility and OE prohibition bills pass

Three very different education related issues reached the House floor on Monday (2/10).   House Bill 1152, which provides financial assistance for school sentinel training, passed the House Education committee on 10-5 vote. ASBSD is monitoring the bill.   HB 1152 would provide a $1,500 reimbursement – paid by the S.D. Department of Education –
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February01

One more FREE LAN Update webinars remain

ASBSD plans to hold a final free ASBSD LAN Update webinars beginning at 7 p.m. (Central) for LAN members to discuss their role as a LAN member, advocating strategies and provide updates from the 2020 legislative session. The webinars are scheduled for:   Only business managers can register multiple people from their district for an
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January31

Former Senator, school board member appointed to state board

Two new individuals await confirmation to join the state education board.   Gov. Kristi Noem appointed Phyllis Heineman and Julie Westra to the South Dakota State Board of Education. Heineman and Westra await final confirmation from the Senate Education committee and full Senate.   Heineman served 16-years in the legislature, most recently in the Senate,
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January21

Meet the 2020 House Education committee

Every member of the House Education committee will return to their post.   The 15-member House Education committee, which will meet on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7:45 a.m., brings every member back for the 2020 legislative session with Rep. Lana Greenfield serving as committee chair for her second year.   Let’s get to know the
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January20

Meet the 2020 Senate Education committee

There’s a single change to the Senate Education committee for the 2020 legislative session.   Sen. Blake Curd will serve as Chair of the seven-member Senate Education committee, which is scheduled to meet on Tuesday and Thursday at 7:45 a.m. Sen. Alan Solano resigned from the legislature last fall.   Let’s meet the committee members:  
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