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October28

Wednesdays with Wade meetings in-person and online this fall

Wednesdays with Wade returns this fall in-person AND online.   Join ASBSD Executive Director Wade Pogany at a school or on Zoom for any of the upcoming seven meetings where he will discuss ASBSD’s resolutions & standing positions, school funding and potential legislation for the 2022 legislative session, the need to advocate for support of
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October28

Free telemental health services available to schools

A partnership between two state agencies is bringing mental health services to schools FREE of charge!   The Department of Education and Department of Social Services will provide schools with additional support in helping students and their families access available mental health services as well as an understanding of when/how to refer students for mental
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October26

Download the S.D. Alternative Instruction FAQ

Answers to your questions on the many changes in homeschool laws this school year can be found in the S.D. Department of Education’s Alternative Instruction FAQ.   The multitude of changes came about following the passage of Senate Bill 177, which made significant changes to homeschool laws, and the FAQ was developed in partnership with
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October16

Updates made to 2022 ASBSD Legislative Resolutions and Standing Positions

ASBSD’s proposed legislative platform for the 2022 legislative session is ready for review ahead of this year’s Delegate Assembly.   The resolutions and standing positions dictate the legislative direction of ASBSD and are voted on by member districts at Delegate Assembly.   The 2021 Delegate Assembly is set for Friday, November 19 in Pierre at
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October11

Teacher pay report reviewed and approved by TCRB

A report detailing teacher pay in South Dakota was recently approved by the board charged with reviewing its progress.   Members of the Teacher Compensation Review Board (TCRB) approved its final report in September and sent it on to Gov. Kristi Noem and the legislature for review. Read the final report here.   Conclusions in
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October10

Proposed changes to med. cannabis law pass committee

A legislative sub-committee reviewing the medical cannabis statute recently approved recommendations for changes to the state law that could affect schools.   The biggest proposed change would permit a school to prohibit the use of medical cannabis on school grounds unless the adopt a school board policy allowing it.   However, the proposed changes have
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October09

ALL awards earned by more than half of public school boards

More than half of the public school boards in South Dakota earned an ALL Award in the 2020-21 school year.   In the fifth year of ASBSD’s board recognition program: ALL, which stands for Act, Learn, Lead, 77 school boards, a program record, earned a Gold, Silver or Bronze award. In 2019-20 66 school boards earned
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