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March20

Collective Bargaining Seminars set to explain latest on negotiations

ASBSD will host one more Collective Bargaining Seminar in March to update school board members and administrators on the many facets of negotiations process for teachers and staff in 2017.   The remaining 2017 Collective Bargaining Seminar will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on: Tuesday, March 28 in Rapid City at the Ramkota
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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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March10

SFAB seeking input from schools

A group charged to review school district compliance with the requirements of the state’s school funding formula is seeking input from school officials on their proposed rules.   Members of the School Finance Accountability Board are scheduled to meet at 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 16 to review and possibly approve proposed rules for the board.
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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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March07

Construction option elimination bill headed to Gov

Gov. Dennis Daugaard will have final review of the elimination of a cost-saving construction option for school districts and other public entities.   House Bill 1112, which revises certain provisions related to construction managers on certain public improvement projects, passed the Senate on a 21-13 vote. The bill reached the floor after the rare recommendation by the Senate Judiciary
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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

Reserve fund timeline extension bill cut short

A bill that would have extended the timeline for a district to spend down their reserves spent its last day in the legislature on Thursday (3/2).   House Appropriations committee members voted 6-2 against Senate Bill 92, which changes the year a school district is required to bring general fund reserves down to a certain
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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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