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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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January26

Two ed. bills take different routes out of comm.

Two education related bills took different routes out of committee.   Senate Bill 95, which changes the timeline for the Teacher Compensation Review Board to meet from every 3 years to every 2 years, passed the Senate Education committee unanimously, 7-0.   ASBSD supports the bill.   “I see this bill as a better state
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January22

Six percent increase bill sent to Approps

The first step in South Dakota public schools receiving a 6 percent increase in state aid was taken in the legislature.   With a “Do Pass” recommendation, the Senate Education committee referred Senate Bill 59, which provides the 6 percent increase in state aid and special education and revises the property tax levies for school
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January20

Funding increase for private school scholarship program advances

The inevitable increase in funding for the private school scholarship program has proceeded in the legislature.   Senate Bill 71, which increases the private school scholarship fund total to $3.5 million form $2 million, passed the Senate Education committee on 5-1 vote and the Senate on a 27-5 vote.   Implemented in 2016, the private
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January15

Girls’ sports participation bill passes committee

A legislative committee advanced a bill banning the participation of anyone other than biological females in girls’ sports at the end of the first week of the 2022 legislative session.   Senate Bill 46, which changes process of participation in girls’ sports, passed the Senate State Affairs committee on an 8-1 vote.   SB 46
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