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February16

Comm. approves homeschool ed. law overhaul, ask your Senators to oppose

The loosening of alternative instruction oversight began with committee passage of Senate Bill 177.   Senate Education committee members passed SB 177, which makes significant changes to alternative instruction, or homeschool, laws, on a 6-1 vote.   An amendment to the bill does require proof of age be provided for any student participating in school athletics
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February15

2021 School Board Recognition Week this week!

South Dakota School Board Recognition Week is the time to recognize the men and women who dedicate their time and energy to serving on your locally elected school board.   “We’ll join together to thank those individuals who show great leadership and dedication, especially during this trying year, on their local public school board during
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February14

ASBSD BOD meets online

ASBSD Board members met online recently and received a legislative update and discussed next year’s officers.   Executive Director Wade Pogany provided the Board of Directors with an update from the 2021 legislative session, including funding and key bills.   “Money is still in play,” Pogany said, noting the two biggest funding pieces were the
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February13

COVID liability bill sent to Governor’s desk for signature

A bill that would provide school districts and other entities protection against certain lawsuits related to COVID-19 has reached the Governor’s desk.   On a 29-3 vote, the Senate passed House Bill 1046, which limits liability for certain exposures to COVID-19, to send it to Gov. Kristi Noem for review and signature.   “We have a bill
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February12

Eligibility requirements could expand for private school scholarship

South Dakota’s private school scholarship program could expand should the latest bill chipping away at the program’s initial parameters continues to progress.   Senate Bill 175, which expands the student eligibility options for the private school scholarship program, passed the Senate Education committee on a 6-0 vote.   The bill would allow any students in
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February11

Wind energy tax revenue transfer bill passes House

A bill adjusting the way tax revenue from wind energy tax can be used by school districts breezed through its first legislative chamber.   On a 14-0 vote, the House Education committee passed House Bill 1066, which authorizes the transfer of wind energy tax revenue from a school district general fund, and on a 68-0
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February10

Bill drastically amending homeschool education laws has first hearing

The first debate on a proposal to overhaul alternative instruction laws took place today (2/9).   Senate Education committee members held a nearly two hour hearing on Senate Bill 177, which makes significant changes to alternative instruction, or homeschool, laws, and will continue the bill hearing on Thursday (2/11).   ASBSD opposes the bill.  
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February10

Teleconference voting amendment passes House

A bill streamlining unanimous voting during a teleconference meeting reached the Senate recently.   House Bill 1127, which revises certain provisions regarding official meetings conducted by teleconference, passed the House Local Government committee on a 12-1 vote and the House on a 50-18 vote.   The bill removes the requirement during a teleconference that a
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February10

2021 ASBSD Board of Director’s elections

The 2021 election cycle for the ASBSD Board of Directors is about to begin and seats in the following regions and enrollment categories will be up for election: Southeast region with enrollment 700-1,399 Canton, Dakota Valley, Dell Rapids, Lennox, Madison Central, Tri-Valley, Vermillion and Wagner Community Western region with enrollment 265 & Under Bison, Edgemont, Elk
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February07

House halts publication notice fee increase bill

A bill adjusting fees and publication requirements failed to find favor in the House.   House Bill 1050, which changes publication fees and requires notices be posted online, in addition to in print, on a website hosted by SDNA, lost on a 29-41 vote.   ASBSD opposed the bill, which had action delayed on it
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