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July20

Policy Alert – Medical Cannabis Administration in Schools

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).   ASBSD has created a new sample policy and accompanying exhibit
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July01

Register today for the 2021 ASBSD-SASD Convention

Register today for the 2021 ASBSD-SASD Convention, which returns as an in-person event this year.   On Thursday and Friday, August 5-6 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center the premier learning event for school board members and administrators will feature: More than 30 breakout sessions covering open meetings, advocacy for public education, free speech, cybersecurity,
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June21

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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June18

2021 ASBSD-SASD Convention returning to in-person event!

The premier learning event for school board members and administrators returns in-person this August.   Be amongst the attendees of the 2021 ASBSD-SASD Convention on Thursday and Friday, August 5-6 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. The event will function as it has in-person in previous years.   Download the 2021 ASBSD-SASD Convention schedule here.
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April14

Five CB webinar recordings available for viewing

Board members and administrators will receive expert information and advice on the collective bargaining process as part of ASBSD’s five-part webinar series.   Veteran School Law Attorneys Gerry Kaufman and Rodney Freeman presented their vast knowledge of the collective bargaining process in five separate hour-long recorded webinars, each covering its own unique topic.   For
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March16

State aid increase for schools supported

There will be an increase in state aid for public schools next school year.   Senate Bill 49, which sets the School District General Fund levy, target teacher salary and overhead rate for FY 2022, received only 5 no votes with Joint Appropriations passing it 16-2, the Senate supporting it 34-0 and the House approving it
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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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March13

Overhaul of homeschool laws passed by House, signed by Gov

A bill set to bring about major changes to homeschool statute will become law on July 1.   On a 41-27 vote, the House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 177, which makes significant changes to homeschool laws, and Gov. Kristi Noem, surrounded by supporters of the proposal, signed it into law.   Rep. Rebecca Reimers, the
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March13

Apply to be part of social studies standards revision

Those interested in applying to be part of the social studies standards revision can do so.   The South Dakota Department of Education is taking applications from educators and key stakeholders interested in being part of this summer’s social studies standards revision process.   Click here to apply.   The Department of Education is seeking
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March12

Submit your questions on homeschool statute changes

SASD Executive Director Rob Monson has developed an online document for submission of questions related to Senate Bill 177, which makes significant changes to homeschool laws.   The bill, which passed the House 41-27 and was signed by Gov. Kristi Noem, will become law on July 1 and there are many questions around how different
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