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March10

House sends three bills back to Senate for review

Three K-12 related bills were passed by the House during Wednesday (3/10) morning’s session.   Senate Bill 132, which would allow districts leeway to offer a signing bonus, moving expenses, or tuition reimbursement to a teacher employed in the school district, passed on a 53-13 vote.   ASBSD supports the bill.   Rep. Jacqueline Sly said
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March10

Senate votes down repeal of SDHSAA policy

Senators defeated House Bill 1195, which declares the transgender policy adopted by the SDHSAA void, on Tuesday (3/10) one day after proponents of the bill successfully smoked the bill out on the floor.   Monday’s smoke out of HB 1195 lead to Senate Education committee members meeting to review the bill and voting 5-2 to send it back
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March10

House passes two K-12 related bills

Members of the House of Representatives passed two K-12 related bills on Monday (3/9).   On a unanimous vote, Representatives passed Senate Bill 191, which revises certain provisions in a program for capital outlay certificates and lease purchase agreements of school districts.   SB 191 had a smooth run through the legislature on its way
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March09

House Appropriations committee passes three K-12 funding bills

Three K-12 related bills passed the House Appropriations committee to start the final week of 90th legislative session.   House Appropriators approved Senate Bill 53, which would provide the proposed two percent increase to the state aid formula and bring the per-student allocation to approximately $4,877 for the 2015-16 school year.   At two percent,
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March09

Revenue projections presented to appropriators

Revenue projections for South Dakota were not rosy.   Representatives from South Dakota Bureau of Finance and Management and Legislative Research Council presented the projections to legislative appropriators on Monday (3/9).   Compared to the projections proposed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard during his Budget Address in December, BFM projects an approximately $10 million shortfall and
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March09

Text records bill falls

A bill that would have opened the texts and emails of school board members and other political subdivision representatives failed in its bid to get through a Senate legislative committee.   Senate State Affairs committee members voted 5-2 to defer House Bill 1153, which would include electronic text colloquy on the list of public records
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March09

No resolution on bill promoting public funding be used for private school scholarships

Resolution on a bill that would divert public funding towards non-public school scholarships remains unclear.   Senate Bill 189, which would provide a tax credit to insurance companies contributing money to an organization that provides funding to cover the cost of a student enrolling in a private school and for instructional supply grants for teachers,
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March09

Bills limiting rule making authority of SDHSAA defeated

Two bills related to the South Dakota High School Activities Association adoption of a transgender student participation policy were voted down by the Senate Education committee.   Committee members voted 4-3 to defer House Bill 1195, which declared the transgender policy adopted by the SDHSAA void, to the 41st day. House Bill 1161, which limited
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March08

CO option for schools to fund tech institutes tabled

At the request of the prime sponsor, Senate Education committee members tabled House Bill 1218.   Rep. Mark Mickelson asked committee members to table the bill, which would have allowed any school district to designate up to $0.25 of their capital outlay levy to fund a post-secondary technical institute.   HB 1218 previously passed the
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