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December07

Declining revenue collection results in no proposed inflationary increase for K-12

Due declining revenue in South Dakota, Gov. Dennis Daugaard proposed no inflationary increase for K-12 education for fiscal year 2019 during his budget address on Tuesday (12/5).   “I cannot recommend inflationary increases, at all,” Gov. Daugaard said, adding that funding for education for the 2018-19 school year will be “tied to increasing student enrollment”
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December05

Secretary Schopp: Four Decades Serving Public Education

Next week South Dakota will bid farewell to a staple in education in the state.   After four decades serving public education South Dakota Secretary of Education Melody Schopp is set to retire with her final day in the department on Friday, December 15.   “We’re going to miss working with and alongside Secretary Schopp,”
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November27

Accountability board weighs in on waivers, approves final report

This month, members of the School Finance Accountability Board met to determine the fate of waivers presented to them from school districts who did not meet one, or both, mandates tied to ensure an increase to teacher salaries and approve their final report to the legislative Appropriations committee.   “This very important work, which is
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November22

Legislative direction set at Delegate Assembly

Seventy-six delegates approved ASBSD’s legislative direction for the upcoming session recently.   Delegates ratified 28 resolutions and 11 standing positions, which set the legislative path for the 2018 legislative session, at ASBSD’s Delegate Assembly.   Click here to review the resolutions and click here to review the standing positions.   “Our work as school boards is
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November04

SD EPSCoR grants available

South Dakota EPSCoR – Education/Workforce Development is looking for innovators in the area of career and technical education that would like to create or improve a program that allows students to explore STEM related disciplines.   SD EPSCoR will grant approximately $170,000 for applications submitted by school districts and educational service providers in South Dakota.
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November01

Delegates: Join us at Delegate Assembly on Friday (Nov. 17)

District appointed Delegates should join fellow board members at ASBSD’s Delegate Assembly to help establish their state school board association’s legislative direction and share their district’s view on key legislative topics.   Delegates will vote on ASBSD’s resolutions and standing positions, which set the legislative path for the 2018 legislative session, on Friday, November 17
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October24

Accountability Board reviews waiver process, updates procedures

Members of the board charged to review school district compliance with state mandates related to teacher pay recently discussed the upcoming waiver process for not meeting teacher pay mandates.   Thirty-six South Dakota school districts missed the mandates for the 2016-17 school year, which required 85 percent of the total state aid dollars be allocated for
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October23

Boards receiving ALL plaques, picking up points this fall

Since August ASBSD has presented 29 schools boards with their board recognition plaques.   A total of 48 school boards will receive a plaque for earning points as part of ASBSD’s Board Recognition Program – ALL: Act, Learn, Lead.   Howard School Board – Gold Level   School boards earned points throughout the fiscal year (July 1-June
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October21

Review ASBSD’s updated legislative positions before 2017 Delegate Assembly

At their August meeting, members of the ASBSD Board of Directors approved amendments, additions and deletions to the Association’s legislative resolutions and standing positions, which were recommended by the ASBSD Policy and Resolutions Committee.   The resolutions and standing positions set the legislative direction of ASBSD and are set to be voted on by member
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October08

Teacher pay in South Dakota is ticking towards its target

Teacher pay in South Dakota is ticking towards its target of $48,500.   The $48,500 average teacher pay target was set in 2016, after the legislature’s passage of a historic education funding package that ushered in a new state aid funding formula along with a half-cent increase to the state’s sales tax to fund the
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