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March10

Legislators approve increase in funding for schools

South Dakota public schools will NOT take a cut in funding and will receive a 0.3 percent increase in state aid for the 2017-18 school year.   Senate and House members overwhelmingly passed Senate Bill 35, which provides 0.3 percent increase in funding for the general and special education funds, raises levies to coincide with the
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March08

ASBSD Board meets for first time in 2017

Members of the ASBSD Board of Directors met for the first time in 2017 and welcomed a new member to the board.   Rapid City School Board Member Ron Riherd joined the ASBSD Board of Directors for his meeting representing the district.     Riherd is in his first year on his local board and
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March08

House passes bill providing no increase in ed. funding

Schools remain set to receive no increase in state aid after Tuesday’s (3/7) session in the House of Representatives.   House members voted 42-25 in favor of Senate Bill 35, which provides zero percent increase in funding for general education fund levy, average teacher salary target and the overhead rate for additional salary and benefit costs.
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March06

Amended bill provides NO increase in funding for schools

School districts would receive no increase in funding for next school year based on the latest version of the state aid funding bill passed by a legislative committee.   House Appropriators passed the amended Senate Bill 35, which provides zero percent increase in funding for general education fund levy, average teacher salary target and the overhead
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March02

Crossover Day crosses out three ed. related bills

Crossover Day saw the end for two education related bills in the Senate and one in the House, last week.   Senate Bill 134, which would prohibit the use of public school resources to advocate for an outcome in any partisan election or legislative vote, was overwhelming opposed by Senators on a 27-8 vote.  
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March02

Two bills tumble out of ed. committees

Two bills tumbled out of favor of the education committees recently.   House Education committee members voted 11-4 to send Senate Bill 55, which protects the teaching of certain scientific information, to the 41st legislative day – essentially ending its run this session.   The bill would have allowed teachers to theorize in the classroom
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March01

2017 Legislative Cracker Barrels

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.   Please
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February22

Bill limiting school board advocacy resources passes comm.

School board members representing South Dakota’s public districts could see limitations to their advocacy efforts that other elected officials throughout the state do not have placed on them.   Senate Education committee members voted 4-2 to pass an amended version of Senate Bill 134, which would prohibit the use of public school resources to advocate
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February21

Rev. projections pose possible problem for proposed funding increase

South Dakota’s revenue projections point to possible trouble for schools to maintain the proposed one percent increase in funding for next year.   Legislative appropriators adopted revenue projections coming in at $27.7 million less than what was proposed during December’s budget address. The main culprit of the reduction in revenue was the state’s sales and
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February17

Bill prohibiting recording in class without permission passed

Permission would be required to record – visually or audibly – in South Dakota classrooms should a hoghoused bill continue rolling through the legislature.   House Bill 1196, which prohibits the unauthorized use of electronic listening or recording devices in classrooms, passed the House Education committee on an 8-6 vote, after being hoghoused to its
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