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May23

Two grant programs available for schools

The South Dakota Department of Education is now accepting applications for two grant programs, which were appropriated $500,000 by the legislature.   House Bill 1164 appropriated one-time funds for the Classroom Innovation grant program and House Bill 1185, which was the general funding bill, included one-time dollars for the Technology Infrastructure Upgrade grant program.  
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February06

Two bills tackled on Tuesday by Reps

Onward for innovation   Members of the House of Representatives passed House Bill 1164 with a 60-9 vote on Tuesday.   The bill would provide one-time dollars in the form of classroom innovation grants to utilize technology in creative and innovative ways to enhance learning and achievement of their students. Bill sponsor Rep. David Lust
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February06

Information to remain offline

For the foreseeable future school districts, and other government bodies, will continue to pay to have meeting minutes, public notices, school documents, bids and other information in the newspaper.   House Local Government committee members deferred House Bill 1224 to the 41st Legislative day at Tuesday’s bill hearing on a 10-3 vote. HB 1224 would
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February06

Funding change for “Under 100” deferred

House Education committee members voted to defer action on House Bill 1213, which would reduce the amount of state aid and eliminate the small school adjustment after school district drops under 100 total students for two consecutive years.   Executive Director Wade Pogany testified that the bill would “slowly erode” districts with under 100 students if
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February05

News and notes

Critical needs scholarship returns   Senate Bill 233 brings back a familiar piece of legislation from last year. The bill is looking to establish the critical needs teaching scholarship program, which was one of the lone bright spots from last year’s controversial education reform plan, House Bill 1234.   Senate Education committee members will have
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February05

Quick hits from committees

Scholarship program bill moves on   Senate Education committee members gave unanimous approval at this morning’s committee meeting to a bill resurrecting a piece of last year’s controversial education reform, House Bill 1234.   Senate Bill 233 would establish the critical needs teaching scholarship program for student’s looking to enter the teaching profession in a
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February04

Hearings held for three funding bills

A bill to change the state aid funding formula and two special project funding bills had hearings this morning as the fifth week of legislative session began.   House Bill 1202 was deferred to the 41st Legislative Day on an 8-4 vote by House State Affairs committee members. The bill called for the change of
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February01

Week ends on high note for K-12

Four bills with ties to K-12 education received passing votes on Thursday.   Senate Bill 96 passed on 25-9 vote through the Senate. The bill would allow school districts with an enrollment under 100 to remain open, if they are exercising joint powers or intergovernmental cooperation in education.   “The bill presents a really positive
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February01

ASBSD Weekly Legislative Roundup

The fourth week of legislative session proved busy for legislation related to K-12 education.   House Bill 1087, which would allow school boards to “create, establish and supervise” a “sentinel” program that would arm staff, security or volunteers on school grounds, passed the House of Representatives on a 42-27 vote. The bill now heads to
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January24

ESA funding bill passes committee

Senate Education committee members unanimously agreed to pass a bill that would return state funding to Education Service Agencies based on an application and matching funds process.   Senate Bill 76 will head to the Senate floor with a slightly adjusted look, but going forward nonetheless. The committee approved two amendments to the bill. The
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