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February13

Graduation test requirement bill stalls in House

Decision on a bill implementing the imposition of passing a citizenship exam in order for students only enrolled in public and private schools to graduate was deferred to another day.   House Bill 1066, which requires public and private school students to pass a citizenship test before graduating from high school, was debated before the
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February12

2019 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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February11

Public and private school students included in civics test requirement

Ten days after its initial hearing, a bill backing a required civics test for most students passed committee.   On an 11-3 vote, an amended version of House Bill 1066, which requires public and private school students to pass a citizenship test before graduating from high school, passed the House Education committee.   The initial
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February11

Join ASBSD & COSA online for an upcoming School Law Webinar

The best minds in school law in South Dakota are bringing their vast knowledge and information to you in a series of eight School Law Webinars.   Administrators attending can earn 1 CEU hour and Board members attending can earn 20 ALL points for their board!   Join COSA and ASBSD one afternoon a month
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February07

2019 School Board Recognition Week set for February 18-22

South Dakota School Board Recognition Week is the time to recognize the men and women who dedicated their time and energy to serving on your locally elected school board.   “School Board Recognition Week presents your district an opportunity to publicly thank the men and women who serve on your local board of education,” ASBSD
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February06

2019 ASBSD guide for current and potential school board members

ASBSD’s guide will prepare new, current and potential school board candidates for their role on the board.   ASBSD Leadership Development Director Dr. Randy Royer has revised and updated a brief video guide (and printable presentation) to share with new, current and potential school board members.   “The latest edition of the guide walks interested individuals through the steps of becoming a
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February05

Gov. Noem to review opportunity scholarship access bill

A bill dealing with access to the opportunity scholarship has reached its final stage before becoming law.   House members concurred in Senate amendments to House Bill 1040, which revises provisions for alternative instruction students to receive the opportunity scholarship, on a 70-0 vote.   HB 1040 now heads to Gov. Kristi Noem for her review and potential
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February05

Military family residency requirement bill reaches Gov’s desk

A bill alleviating residency requirement constraints on students of military families only awaits the governor’s signature before becoming law.   House Bill 1044, which authorizes enrollment in a school district to which a students’ family is locating to, due to military transfer, passed the Senate Military and Veteran Affairs committee on a 5-0 vote and
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February02

Opportunity Scholarship bill amended, returns to House

A bill dealing with access to the opportunity scholarship was amended and returned to its original chamber.   Senate Education committee members amended and passed House Bill 1040, which revises provisions for alternative instruction students to receive the opportunity scholarship, on a 5-0 vote, followed by the entire Senate passing the bill on a 26-7 vote.
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February01

One more LAN Training Webinar scheduled

Advocating on behalf of our public school system is an important job and ASBSD’s Legislative Action Network (LAN) steps up to take on that task.   With the 2019 legislative session having begun, we need LAN members to be read to communicate to legislators the positions of ASBSD and their local board on legislative issues relating to public
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