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March09

House Appropriations committee passes three K-12 funding bills

Three K-12 related bills passed the House Appropriations committee to start the final week of 90th legislative session.   House Appropriators approved Senate Bill 53, which would provide the proposed two percent increase to the state aid formula and bring the per-student allocation to approximately $4,877 for the 2015-16 school year.   At two percent,
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March09

Revenue projections presented to appropriators

Revenue projections for South Dakota were not rosy.   Representatives from South Dakota Bureau of Finance and Management and Legislative Research Council presented the projections to legislative appropriators on Monday (3/9).   Compared to the projections proposed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard during his Budget Address in December, BFM projects an approximately $10 million shortfall and
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March03

Lockdown bill lacks support, Fund Balance bill finds it in House

It had been smooth sailing for Senate Bill 89 until it was sunk in the House chamber on Tuesday (3/3).   SB 89, which would require school districts to develop safety plans and conduct lockdown drills, was defeated on 37-30 vote by Representatives; in three previous votes the bill had no “Nays” cast.   “We don’t
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February25

Two percent increase through one chamber

Despite some debate the bill providing a two percent increase in state aid for schools passed through its first chamber.   On a 25-10 vote, Senators approved Senate Bill 53, which would bring the per-student allocation to approximately $4,877 for the 2015-16 school year.   Along with the proposed two percent increase, SB 53 adds the costs of
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February24

Committee concurs on two key K-12 bills

Senate Education committee members sent two bills related to K-12 to the floor with do pass recommendations on Tuesday (2/24).   A bill requiring school districts to report their month-end cash balances in the fiscal year for the general, capital outlay, pension and special education funds was unanimously passed by committee members. The bill was amended to
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February21

Two percent increase bill one step closer

The first step in providing a two percent increase in state aid for schools was taken.   Members of the Senate Appropriations committee approved Senate Bill 53, which would bring the per-student allocation to approximately $4,877 for the 2015-16 school year.   Along with the proposed two percent increase, SB 53 adds the costs of school technology, assessment and the
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January06

ASBSD’s legislative direction

One of the most important steps in ASBSD’s preparation for legislative session each year is Delegate Assembly.   The legislative direction of the Association is set with approval of resolutions and standing positions by member districts.   Download the approved standing positions and resolutions by clicking on the links or visit the Publications and Forms page on the ASBSD website.   For the 2015 legislative session,
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December02

Two percent increase to state funding proposed by Gov.

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard proposed a two percent increase to state aid for schools for next year during his budget address on today (12/2).   The increase equates to approximately $96 more per-student, which would bring per-student allocation to approximately $4877 for the 2015-16 school year. The potential increase to $4,877 would eclipse the
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December02

Delegates set legislative direction for ASBSD at Assembly

Delegates from 81 school districts voted to set the legislative direction of ASBSD at last month’s Delegate Assembly. The voting school board members approved 11 standing positions and 30 resolutions.   Download the approved standing positions and resolutions by clicking on the links or visit the Publications and Forms page on the ASBSD website.  
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