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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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February27

House passes funding for civics ed. update

The civics education update has its funding through the first chamber of the legislature.   On a 63-5 vote, House members passed House Bill 1279, which appropriates $900,000 for the development of civics curriculum and resources.   The proposed one-time funding of $900,000 would go to four areas of the review and development of civics education, including: Creating
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February20

Private school scholarship provision change creeps into the House

The creep towards expanding the state’s private school scholarship program continued.   Senate Bill 175, which expands the student eligibility options for the private school scholarship program, passed the Senate on a 30-5 vote.   The bill would allow any students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade to receive a private school scholarship should they meet the income eligibility
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March21

POSTPONED: School law and security lead topics for School Law Webinars

The School Law Webinar series is returning to connect you with the best minds in school law and security.   Join COSA and ASBSD as our school law experts cover seven key legal and security topics affecting school districts in an hour-long webinar, which will also feature time for you to get your questions about
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February11

FY20 revenue remains ahead, FY21 projections coming Thursday

A major day in deciding what school funding will look like for the next school year is coming up.   The Joint Appropriations committee will hear revenue projections on Wednesday, February 12 and adopt revenue projections for the upcoming fiscal year the following day. Those figures will assuredly play a role in whether or not
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December30

Revenue projections may have major implications for K-12

The most recent revenue figures for South Dakota tell two different stories.   November’s revenue numbers are either very good or very bad, depending on the projections used. Based on revenue projections adopted by the legislature during the 2019 legislative session, the revenue figures for November came in $8.7 million higher than projected, but utilizing
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December10

No inflationary increase in state aid proposed, enrollment bump and special education rebase included

Shrinking revenue collections are scaling back spending in the state budget resulting in schools not receiving an increase in state aid for next school year.   “Money is tight this year,” Gov. Kristi Noem told legislators during her Fiscal Year 2021 budget address. “I will not be able to recommend inflationary increases.”   Gov. Noem
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December08

Online sales tax collection continues to be cloudy

Discussion revolving around online sales tax revenue returned to the legislature recently.   Legislative Research Council representatives Wenzel Cummings and Jeff Mehlhaff appeared before the Legislature’s Executive Board recently (12/3), just a few weeks after (11/19)  sharing information on Sales Tax Reduction from Remote Sales with the committee.   At the November meeting, the Executive Board voted
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December06

Special Education comm. completes interim report

Recommendations have emerged from the legislative committee charged with studying special education.   Last month, the Special Education Interim Legislative Committee concluded their in-depth look at special education without formal recommendations being acted upon or presented to the Legislature’s Executive Board members at their November meeting.   Recently, however, the final interim committee report to the Executive
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