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April02

Schools receive 2.5 percent increase as Gov. signs budget, levy bills

With the governor’s signature on the final few bills left in legislative session, South Dakota schools are officially set to receive a 2.5 percent increase in state aid for the 2019-20 school year.   On Wednesday (3/27), Gov. Kristi Noem signed Senate Bill 191, which appropriates funds for the FY2020 general fund budget, and Senate
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April02

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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March30

50 school boards have already earned an ALL Award

One-third of South Dakota school boards have earned an ALL Award in 2018-19 and many more are easily within reach of joining them.   Fifty school boards have earned a Gold Level award (500 points), Silver level plaque (350 points) or Bronze level honor (250 points) through ASBSD’s board recognition program: ALL.   “With three months to go we’ve nearly
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March11

K-12 levy bills leaning towards finish line

The homestretch is here for the K-12 education levy bills.   Senate Bill 179, which revises the property tax levies for the general fund of school districts and for state aid, passed the House Appropriations committee on a 6-1 vote and the full House on a 60-2 vote.   “School boards need your help,” ASBSD
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March11

Partridge Amendment adjustment at legislative crossroad

What a difference a few weeks has made in the conversation about adjusting the state sales tax rate.   House Bill 1265 and Senate Bill 86 each passed their respective chambers as their plans to adjust the Partridge Amendment, however, upon reaching the other sides of the Capitol, the State Affairs committees of each chamber
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March10

Civics test bill sees its end in session

The civics test saw its end in South Dakota’s citizen legislature.   On a vote of 13-21, Senators defeated a once again amended House Bill 1066, which requires students to take a civics test before graduating from high school.   A bill that had been wrung through the amendment ringer multiple times ultimately failed to find
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March10

Civics survey bill sent away by Reps

Civics education will remain status quo for the upcoming school year.   House members voted 30-33 against Senate Bill 52, which required schools to provide information for a survey of the adequacy of S.D. civics education, after House Education committee members voted 10-3 in favor of the previously hoghoused bill.   ASBSD opposed the bill,
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March09

Gov. to review special education study bill

The proposed in-depth study on special education is on its way to the governor’s desk.   Senate Bill 3, which creates the Special Education Interim Study to study special education in South Dakota, was amended and passed by the House Education committee on an 11-3 vote and by the House on a 48-16 vote, before being
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March09

New testing bill fails in House

Assessments in schools will not change for next school year.   House members defeated Senate Bill 188, which revises certain provisions regarding state tests, on an 18-45 vote after House Education committee members passed it 12-2.   “I don’t think we’re getting comprehensive results,” Rep. Rebecca Reimer told her fellow Representatives during the bill’s debate
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March07

Submit your district’s student for the 2019 Academic Excellence Banquet

School board members and superintendents remind your district’s high school principal(s) to identify and submit the name(s) of the academic top one percent of the 2019 senior class to be honored at the Academic Excellence Recognition Banquet. ASBSD sent a letter to schools in February requesting they submit their school’s student(s).   Gov. Kristi Noem and ASBSD, in
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