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March10

House sends three bills back to Senate for review

Three K-12 related bills were passed by the House during Wednesday (3/10) morning’s session.   Senate Bill 132, which would allow districts leeway to offer a signing bonus, moving expenses, or tuition reimbursement to a teacher employed in the school district, passed on a 53-13 vote.   ASBSD supports the bill.   Rep. Jacqueline Sly said
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March09

House Appropriations committee passes three K-12 funding bills

Three K-12 related bills passed the House Appropriations committee to start the final week of 90th legislative session.   House Appropriators approved Senate Bill 53, which would provide the proposed two percent increase to the state aid formula and bring the per-student allocation to approximately $4,877 for the 2015-16 school year.   At two percent,
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March09

Revenue projections presented to appropriators

Revenue projections for South Dakota were not rosy.   Representatives from South Dakota Bureau of Finance and Management and Legislative Research Council presented the projections to legislative appropriators on Monday (3/9).   Compared to the projections proposed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard during his Budget Address in December, BFM projects an approximately $10 million shortfall and
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March09

No resolution on bill promoting public funding be used for private school scholarships

Resolution on a bill that would divert public funding towards non-public school scholarships remains unclear.   Senate Bill 189, which would provide a tax credit to insurance companies contributing money to an organization that provides funding to cover the cost of a student enrolling in a private school and for instructional supply grants for teachers,
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March08

CO option for schools to fund tech institutes tabled

At the request of the prime sponsor, Senate Education committee members tabled House Bill 1218.   Rep. Mark Mickelson asked committee members to table the bill, which would have allowed any school district to designate up to $0.25 of their capital outlay levy to fund a post-secondary technical institute.   HB 1218 previously passed the
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March04

Update to CO program passes committee

Senate Bill 191, which revises certain provisions in a program for capital outlay certificates and lease purchase agreements of school districts, cleared another legislative hurdle this morning.   House State Affairs committee members unanimously passed the bill, which would designate the South Dakota Health and Educational Facilities Authority Intercept Program as the debtor for capital outlay bonds
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March04

House Ed. comm. passes financial incentives and minor boundary change bills

House Education committee members pass two bills in their last scheduled meeting of the legislative session.   After deferring action on Senate Bill 132 at last Friday’s committee meeting, the group passed the bill on an 11-3 vote on Wednesday.   SB 132 would allow districts leeway to offer a signing bonus, moving expenses, or
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March03

Lockdown bill lacks support, Fund Balance bill finds it in House

It had been smooth sailing for Senate Bill 89 until it was sunk in the House chamber on Tuesday (3/3).   SB 89, which would require school districts to develop safety plans and conduct lockdown drills, was defeated on 37-30 vote by Representatives; in three previous votes the bill had no “Nays” cast.   “We don’t
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February26

New cap outlay option passes House

House members voted overwhelmingly to support House Bill 1218, which would allow any school district to designate up to $0.25 of their capital outlay levy to fund a post-secondary technical institute. The maximum level of $3 per $1,000 of valuation for the levy could not be exceeded by districts utilizing the new provision.   HB
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