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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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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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March10

Proposed study on mental health education in SD awaits approval

A proposed study on mental health education in South Dakota awaits its final go ahead after running through the legislature.   HCR 6015, which encourages the Executive Board of the Legislature to create an interim legislative study on mental health education in this state, received approval by the House, a Senate Committee and the full
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March09

Teleconference voting change on to Gov’s desk

A streamlined process for unanimous voting during a teleconference is headed to the Governor’s desk.   House Bill 1127, which revises certain provisions regarding official meetings conducted by teleconference, passed the Senate Local Government committee on a 6-1 vote and the full Senate on a 33-0 vote.   ASBSD supports the bill.   “It will
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March08

Media access of events bill reaches gov’s desk

A bill permitting additional media coverage of interscholastic activities or events reached the governor’s desk.   Senate Bill 128, which revises certain provisions related to news media coverage of high school activities, passed Senate and House committees and floor votes with near unanimous support.   The bill permits free access for media outlets to cover
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