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South Dakota’s 88th legislative session kicks off its second week this morning. The second meeting of the Senate Education Committee meeting leads off the day with Secretary of Education Melody Schopp will be presenting the DOE’s educational outcomes plan for the coming years.


Last week saw 133 bills filed, but a mere six listed under education according to the South Dakota Legislative Research Council website. ASBSD is continuing to monitor all bills with the potential to affect K-12 education.


One of those bills is Senate Bill 15, which proposes an increase to the special education tax levy imposed by districts, but caps the extraordinary cost fund provided by the state at $4 million and does not provide an increase in funding for each disability category. Read more about it here.


Check the blog daily for updates from legislative session.


School Board Recognition Week


This week marks South Dakota’s School Board Recognition Week. 


School Board Recognition Week is your district’s opportunity to publicly thank the men and women who serve on your local board of education. We hope it will be a time your students, staff and community share their appreciation for the leadership provided by school board members.


ASBSD has assembled a toolkit with multiple pieces that can help your district celebrate your board.


As part of the week’s festivities, Executive Director Wade Pogany and Leadership Development Director Julie Ertz will present the Wall School Board with a plaque and cash award on Saturday, January 19 for being chosen the 2013 ASBSD School Board Award of Excellence winner.



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