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November23

Delegates set direction for 2016 legislative session

South Dakota’s first major dose of winter weather didn’t keep 64 school board members from making the trip to Pierre for the 2015 ASBSD Delegate Assembly.   “As board members, you are here today because you are part of a powerful grassroots advocacy network,” ASBSD President Eric Stroeder said. “Your commitment to provide the best
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November18

New formula, funding area recommendations from Task Force

Blue Ribbon Task Force members recently submitted a report to Gov. Dennis Daugaard that detailed the group’s findings on South Dakota’s teacher pipeline, their recommendations for adjusting the state aid formula, suggested changes to different school funding areas and a timeline for implementation.   Task Force members told Gov. Daugaard that “at least $75 million
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November16

Task Force report talks up need for new revenue

Two weeks after their final meeting, members of the Blue Ribbon Task Force reported to Gov. Dennis Daugaard that new money is needed to help cure the teacher shortage ailment in South Dakota.   Among the recommendations (click here to read about additional suggestions) reported, none may be bigger than the group’s recurrent referral to
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November15

Appoint your district’s rep for the 2015 ASBSD Delegate Assembly

ASBSD’s Delegate Assembly is the time and place to establish your state school board association’s legislative direction and share your district’s view on key legislative topics.   ASBSD member districts need to be represented at Delegate Assembly to vote on ASBSD’s resolutions and standing positions, which dictate the legislative direction of the association.   Click
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November06

Blue Ribbon Task Force concludes study

The Blue Ribbon Task Force met for the final time last month (Oct. 29) to debate and confer on the final recommendations to put in their report to Gov. Dennis Daugaard, which is due to him by Dec. 1, on the group’s findings.   The Task Force’s final stances on the many funding topics reviewed
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November02

Updates made to ASBSD’s legislative direction

At their August meeting, members of the ASBSD Board of Directors approved changes to the Association’s legislative resolutions and standing positions recommended by the ASBSD Policy and Resolutions Committee.   The resolutions and standing positions dictate the legislative direction of ASBSD and are voted on by member districts at Delegate Assembly. This year’s Delegate Assembly
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November01

Opportunity to submit a resolution for Delegate Assembly

ASBSD’s resolutions and standing positions dictate the legislative direction of the association.   Download the resolutions and standing positions here.   As member districts, you have the opportunity every year to vote on the resolutions and standing positions each year at Delegate Assembly. This year’s Delegate Assembly is set for Friday, Nov. 20.   Before Delegate Assembly, your district also has the
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October23

Funding recommendations expected at next Task Force meeting

The finish line is within reach for the Blue Ribbon Task Force.   Sen Deb Soholt, a Co-Chair of the Task Force, said on the most recent episode of SDPB’s South Dakota Focus, which also featured ASBSD Executive Director Wade Pogany, Burk Superintendent Erik Person and SDEA President Mary McCorkle, the Oct. 29 meeting would
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October18

Input needed at Region Meetings

School board members and administrators your input is needed at the ASBSD Region Meetings where many legislative topics will be discussed.   ASBSD Executive Director Wade Pogany will stop at nine locations across South Dakota to discuss potential legislation for the 2016 session and gather feedback ASBSD’s legislative platform (download drafts of our Standing Positions and Resolutions).
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October09

New ed. funding model discussed by Task Force

Coming off discussion on potential solutions to the teacher shortage, the Blue Ribbon Task Force got a first glance at a possible funding model that would funnel additional dollars to teachers at their October 1st meeting.   S.D. Department of Education CFO Tami Darnall presented a teacher based funding model, which was broached at the
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