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March29

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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March11

CANCELLED: ASBSD Negotiations Workshops

Due to concerns about the recent Coronavirus as well as most events statewide being cancelled, ASBSD has decided to CANCEL the three Negotiations Workshops in Sioux Falls (3/18), Pierre (3/25) and Rapid City (3/26). We are discussing potential ways to provide this content to members in other settings and should something emerge, we will provide
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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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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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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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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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February15

Wind energy exclusion bill exits session

Legislators had other plans for an other revenue equalization exclusion.   Senators defeated Senate Bill 111, which excludes certain wind energy tax revenue from the state aid formula, on a 12-22 vote on Tuesday (2/11).   SB 111 would have excluded wind energy from the current other revenue equalization process by going through an eight year
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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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February11

FY20 revenue remains ahead, FY21 projections coming Thursday

A major day in deciding what school funding will look like for the next school year is coming up.   The Joint Appropriations committee will hear revenue projections on Wednesday, February 12 and adopt revenue projections for the upcoming fiscal year the following day. Those figures will assuredly play a role in whether or not
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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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