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February06

Community-school bill defeated in Senate

A proposal to create a community-school system within a public school district fell in the Senate.   On a 12-20 vote, Senators defeated an amended version of Senate Bill 68, which creates and funds Oceti Sakowin community-based schools. The end comes after the bill passed through the Senate Education committee, but was defeated on its
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February05

Sen. comm. sends COVID liability protection bill to floor

There’s just a single legislative hurdle left for a bill that would provide school districts and other entities protection against certain lawsuits related to COVID-19.   Senate Judiciary committee members passed House Bill 1046, which limits liability for certain exposures to COVID-19, on a 5-0 vote.   ASBSD supports the bill, with ASBSD Executive Director Wade
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February04

Two bills benefitting schools are headed for the gov’s desk

Two bills benefitting schools are headed for the governor’s desk.   House Bill 1082, which changes the LEP term to English Learner and amends the EL adjustment for the 2021-22 school year, passed the Senate Education committee on a 6-0 vote and the full Senate on a 31-0 vote, after previously passing the House Education
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February03

Senate confirms appointment of Sec. of Education Tiffany Sanderson

The Senate confirmed the appointment of Secretary of Education Tiffany Sanderson recently.   Sec. Sanderson was appointed as interim Secretary in December by Gov. Kristi Noem and receive unanimous support to be permanently appointed to the position by the Senate Education and then full Senate.   Sanderson previously served as a senior policy advisor for
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February03

Senate defeats, revives community-based school bill

A bill establishing a community-based school system within public school districts was defeated, but then revived this week.   Senate Bill 68, which creates and funds Oceti Sakowin community-based schools, failed to pass the Senate on 14-20 vote on Monday (2/1), but on Tuesday (2/2) a vote reconsider – thus reopening debate and vote –
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February01

Bill limiting COVID-19 liability passes House

School districts and other entities across South Dakota will have protection against certain lawsuits related to COVID-19 based on a recent bill passed through the House.   Members of the House State Affairs committee passed House Bill 1046, which limits liability for certain exposures to COVID-19, on a 12-1 vote and the full House passed
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