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January30

Committee tables alternative instruction assessment bill

After debate, discussion and a day’s break to think on it, a bill altering assessment requirements for certain students stopped its legislative run.   House Education committee members tabled House Bill 1065, which removed the assessment requirement for students receiving alternative instruction, on a 13-2 vote.   The action came after the committee deferred additional
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January15

House Ed. and House advance two education bills

Committee members wasted no time in acting on legislation in House Ed.   In their first committee meeting of the 2019 legislative session, House Education committee members unanimously passed two education related bills.   House Bill 1001, which requires the recalculation of the special education disability levels’ amount allocation to take place every two years,
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January10

Gov. Noem notes ed. initiatives in inaugural State of the State

Gov. Kristi Noem touched on a few K-12 topics during her inaugural State of the State address on Tuesday (1/8).   Among those topics was a proposed requirement that every high school graduate be able to pass the United States Citizenship exam.   “Civics needs to reemerge,” Gov. Noem said during her address, adding that
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January03

Legislative session’s key dates in 2019

The 2019 legislative session begins soon and the 94th legislative session features more than a few key days.   This year’s session contains two more days than last year’s and kicks off with Gov. Kristi Noem’s first State of the State address on Tuesday, January 8.   Gov. Noem also plans to hold an additional
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December06

Delegates determine focus of ASBSD for session

School board members descended on Pierre to don the role of Delegate and do due diligence in determining the legislative focus of ASBSD.   “Delegate Assembly is the time and place to establish your state school board association’s legislative direction and share your district’s view on key legislative topics,” ASBSD President Tom Farrell, of Madison
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November02

Get your delegate to the 2018 ASBSD Delegate Assembly

ASBSD’s Delegate Assembly is the time and place to establish your state school board association’s legislative direction and share your district’s view on key legislative topics.   Delegates will vote on ASBSD’s resolutions and standing positions, which set the legislative path for the 2019 legislative session. This year’s Delegate Assembly is set for Friday, November 16
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October19

Discuss the latest in K-12 education at a 2018 Region Meeting

Discuss the latest in K-12 education with fellow board members and administrators at an ASBSD Region Meeting this Fall.   ASBSD Executive Director Wade Pogany will visit nine locations across South Dakota to discuss potential legislation for the 2019 session and gather feedback on ASBSD’s legislative Resolutions and Standing Positions, as well as detail the latest services
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May05

Policy Alert: Alt. instruction, parent notification and agenda prep

Policies of a school district 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).     By Gerry Kaufman, ASBSD Director of Policy & Legal Services   Three ASBSD sample policies were amended recently.  
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February21

Appropriators tackle two education funding related bills

Two education funding related bills were taken down in committee on Tuesday (2/20).   On an 8-1 vote, members of the House Appropriations committee defeated House Bill 1263, which increases the allowable general fund cash balances for school districts.   The bill called for an increase in the fund balance caps, which were established in
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February13

Debate to participate ends in House

The debate to participate came to an end in the House, for now.   On a 28-38 vote, members of the House defeated House Bill 1120, which permits students receiving alternative instruction be deemed academically eligible by complying with alternative instruction requirements and allowed to participate in activities sponsored by the SDHSAA, on Monday.   The
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