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November18

Schools meet teacher comp. targets, receive waiver extension

All of South Dakota’s public schools met teacher pay targets for the year and will continue to receive a waiver from their general fund cash balances.   School Finance Accountability Board members received their FY2022 Accountabilities report in which it noted all public school districts met their average teacher compensation target for the year.  
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June10

More than 450 open positions in schools

Nearly 100 more position openings were posted in May this school year than last on ASBSD’s Teacher Placement website.   At the end of May, ASBSD’s Teacher Placement had 480 open positions listed, which is an increase of 82 positions from May of 2021.   The 480 open positions are almost 100 postings higher than
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February22

Bill reducing sales tax passes House

Reducing the sales tax and repealing the Partridge Amendment is the aim of a bill bound for the Senate.   On a 6-1 vote, members of the House Appropriations committee passed House Bill 1327, which reduces the half-cent tax rate on certain products and repeals the Partridge Amendment, while the full House followed suit and
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February20

Two school funding related bills find favor

Two school funding related bills found favor in their legislative process.   House Bill 1080, which extends the average teacher compensation targets until the 2023-24 school year, passed Senate Education on a 6-1 vote and the Senate on a 29-6 vote.   HB 1080 would reinstate the previous requirement in law, which was active for the 2018-19, 2019-20
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February05

Private school scholarship increase on way to governor

The increase in public funding for the private school scholarship reached the governor’s desk.   Senate Bill 71, which increases the private school scholarship fund total to $3.5 million form $2 million, passed the House Education committee on an 8-5 vote and the House on a 44-23 vote to send it to Gov. Kristi Noem
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February01

Senate supports teacher pay study bill

A bill expediating the study of teacher pay passed the Senate.   On a 34-0 vote, Senators passed Senate Bill 95, which changes the timeline for the Teacher Compensation Review Board to meet from every 3 years to every 2 years.   “I believe this board should meet more frequently,” Sen. Jim Bolin, the bill’s sponsor
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January31

Weekly ASBSD Billtracker Update

The fourth week of legislative session brings the first of three bill submission deadlines and a full week of session that is certain to shake up ASBSD’s Billtracker.   Learn how ASBSD Billtracker works here.   The latest week of the 2022 legislative session, ended as a very busy one for ASBSD Billtracker as nearly
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January30

Why a 6 percent increase in State Aid is needed

Teacher Pay Behind Neighbors, Rank Falling Nationally   The average teacher salaries in South Dakota continue to lag far behind those of neighboring states with South Dakota the only state of the group of seven not top $50,000 in average teacher pay in 2019-20.     The closest regional competitor remains more than $3,000 ahead
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January29

Teacher pay accountabilities extension advances

A close committee vote followed by overwhelming favor on the floor sent teacher pay accountability extension to the Senate.   On an 8-6 vote by the House Education committee and a 65-1 vote by the full House, House Bill 1080, which extends the average teacher compensation targets until the 2023-24 school year, to the Senate.  
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January28

Girls’ sports participation bill passes House comm., paused on floor

The proposed participation change for girls’ sports was stopped short of signature, for now.   Senate Bill 46, which changes the process of participation in girls’ sports, saw its way through the House State Affairs committee on an 11-2 vote, sending it to the House floor, where its debate was delayed following the introduction of
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