Legislative appropriators recently discussed their role in the accountability waiver process.
SFAB’s teacher accountability rules, which were adopted by the board two weeks ago, outline the different facets of the board’s work including the waiver request process, the documentation school districts are required to submit and the factors the board must consider.
Rules also state SFAB school districts must submit a waiver to the board before the first Friday in November and the board must make a recommendation on the waiver prior to the last Monday in November.
S.D. DOE Management Analyst Travis Jordan said it was the Appropriations committee’s decision of when they would review the waivers, with indications it could take place in December or January.
“At that time will the districts that (submitted a) waiver, will they be allowed to testify at that time?” Rep. Dan Ahlers asked.
“We didn’t feel that we had the authority to bind you with rules so we stuck to the rules of the finance accountability board,” DOE Director of Finance and Management Tamara Darnall said.
“Do we want to overturn somebody (who has) expertise in that matter?” Peters asked. “Unless it’s (board’s decision) blatant I don’t know why we’d overturn.”
SFAB members are tentatively scheduled to meet on Thursday, November 16 at 1 p.m. (CDT).