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August23

Policy Alert: Updates made to board related policies

Policies of a school district, especially those negotiated with bargaining representatives for the protection of teachers, have the full force and effect of law, and legally bind the school district. Wessington Springs Ed. Assoc. v. Wessington springs Sch. Dist., 467 N.W. 2d 101 (S.D. 1991).   Five sample school board policies were recently amended by the
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April15

School Law webinar recordings available to watch

Expert school law information is still available in eight webinars this year – at a lower rate!   The great minds in school law in South Dakota covered eight legal topics affecting school districts each in an hour-long webinar and you can still register for them to receive the recordings.   For just $25, you
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March14

One-time funding for schools approved

Schools are set to receive one-time funding from the 2021 legislative session.   Senate Bill 64, which Revises the General Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2021, passed the Joint Appropriations committee 18-0, the Senate floor 34-0 and the House floor 58-11.   ASBSD supported the bill, which will provide $11 million in one-time funding to
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March11

Bill adjusting private school scholarship for third time on to Gov.

The Governor’s signature is all that awaits a bill seeking expansion of the private school scholarship program.   Senate Bill 175, which expands the student eligibility options for the private school scholarship program, passed the House State Affairs committee on a 10-3 vote and the full House on a 60-9 vote.   The bill would allow
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February18

Revenue figures adopted, funding proposals discussed

An increase in state aid for next year and one-time money for this year remain in play after the adoption of revenue figures.   On a 14-3 vote, Legislative Appropriators adopted revenue figures for Fiscal Year 2022, which total $1.834 billion in revenue and is more than $30 million above what Gov. Kristi Noem proposed
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February17

Free training videos available for board members

School board members seeking additional information about their role can review seven one-hour videos for FREE and earn 20 ALL points for each one watched!     The School Board U Sundays videos are hosted by ASBSD Board Development Director Jim Holbeck and cover a variety of school board topics, including: Social Media Challenges: CLICK HERE;
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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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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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January31

Committee concurs with Community school bill

A bill creating a new school system within existing school districts cleared its first committee.   On a 6-1 vote, Senate Bill 68, which creates and funds Oceti Sakowin community-based schools, passed the Senate Education committee.   ASBSD opposes the bill due to the legal questions it raises, governance issues it presents and liability concerns
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December22

Proposals for one-time money for schools outlined

Along with the ongoing increase of 2.4 percent to state aid for next school year, there are three proposed one-time funding plans that have been outlined.   In addition to the ongoing funding increase, Gov. Kristi Noem proposed $11 million in one-time money for student enrollment impacts from the COVID19 pandemic. The S.D. Department of
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