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February21

Two bills aim to adjust funding accountability

Two bills aimed at adjusting school funding accountability cleared their committee hearings on Tuesday (2/20).   Senate Education committee members passed Senate Bill 213, which revises certain education funding provisions, on a 5-1 vote. The bill was initially introduced as a vehicle bill.   SB 213 would tie a teacher compensation increase for the next
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February21

Collective Bargaining Seminars set for March

ASBSD will host three Collective Bargaining Seminars in March to update school board members and administrators on the many facets of negotiations process for teachers and staff.   The 2018 Collective Bargaining Seminars will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on: Tuesday, March 13 in Pierre at the Ramkota RiverCentre Wednesday, March 14
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February20

2018 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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February15

Three house bills passed

Three house bills passed out of the legislative chambers on Wednesday (2/14).   Senators passed House Bill 1099, which revises certain provisions regarding dual education credit, on a 25-8 vote. The bill had previously passed the Senate Education committee, 5-1.   “This program has been a great success,” Sen. Jim Bolin said during discussion on the
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February12

School property tax exemption bill headed to Gov’s desk

A bill clarifying specific school owned property being tax exempt is close to being codified.   House Bill 1143, which revises certain provisions regarding the tax exemption of certain school owned property, passed the Senate on a unanimous vote on Monday (2/12) and now heads to Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s desk for signature.   Sen. Ryan Maher said a
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February08

House Approps pass one, pass over another

Two bills, two actions in appropriations on Thursday (2/8).   House Appropriations members passed House Bill 1166, provides the Joint or Interim Appropriations committee the power to approve, amend or deny teacher compensation waivers, on an 8-1 vote.   ASBSD supported the bill.   “This gives (the committee) some flexibility to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’
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February07

School property tax exemption bill advances

A bill codifying language exempting housing owned by school districts for certified teachers to be tax exempt cleared another legislative hurdle on Wednesday (2/7).   House Bill 1143, which revises certain provisions regarding the tax exemption of certain school owned property, passed the Senate Taxation committee on a 7-0 vote.   ASBSD supports the bill.   “Housing
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January18

Committee supports Sly and Guffin state ed. board appointments

Two appointees surpassed their first legislative hurdle on their way to state board of education.   Former Rep. Jacqueline Sly and Aberdeen Superintendent Becky Guffin received supportive votes on Thursday (1/18) from the Senate Education Committee on their appointments by Gov. Dennis Daugaard to the South Dakota Board of Education Standards.   Both veterans of
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January17

Principals and superintendents discuss topics with House Ed.

A group of superintendents and principals discussed significant topics within and issues facing public schools with the House Education Committee on Wednesday (1/17).   Spearfish West Elementary Principal Nick Gottlob said school districts “focus on the elements we can control” but often deal with “children who are victims of crisis.”   “There’s only so many
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January03

Meet the 2018 House Education committee

Familiar faces will fill the Capitol Building’s room 413 in the morning hours when the House Education committee meets during the 2018 legislative session.   Nearly all 15 committee members that served on House Ed. last year return to the committee. Rep. Marli Wiese will take Rep. Craig Tieszen’s seat on the committee after his tragic
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