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January25

2023 ASBSD Billtracker Update: Week Two

After the second week of the 2023 legislative session, the ASBSD Billtracker is up to 22-pieces of legislation being tracked.   Learn how ASBSD Billtracker works here.   Of those 22 legislative proposals on the list, there’s seven we’re supporting, six being opposed and nine being monitored.  Below is a breakdown of key bills ASBSD is
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January25

One more LAN Update webinars coming up

South Dakota’s public education system needs supportive voices. Many voices.   Our advocacy efforts must be united, informed and ready as the 2023 legislative session is likely to bring legislation with potentially long-reaching harmful effects to public schools, especially to funding.   “Vouchers, tax cuts, uncertain state aid increases, and that’s just the funding side,”
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January24

2023 Legislative Cracker Barrel list

Legislative Cracker Barrels in your area offer access to your local legislators, as well as the chance to hear their answers on a variety of legislative topics.   Below you will find a list of dates and locations of legislative cracker barrels being held throughout South Dakota that have been posted thus far.   Please
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January23

State aid increase bill moved to Approps, funding issues discussed

Five percent found six votes to advance it in the appropriations process.   Senate Bill 24, which provides the 5 percent increase in state aid and revises the property tax levies for school districts, was referred to the Joint Appropriations committee on a 6-0 vote by the Senate Education committee last week (1/19).   ASBSD is
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January23

Complexities of Collective Bargaining explained in upcoming webinars

Collective bargaining is a complex process and ASBSD’s five-part webinar series will answer your questions and give you in-depth information on the topic.   “Negotiations are something that have to be done as prescribed by SD codified law, so it’s important that school board members are knowledgeable,” Edgemont School Board Vice President Susan Humisont said.
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January20

Will 5% Stem the Funding Issues in Public Schools?

Neighbor States Widening Teacher Pay Gap   The average teacher salaries in South Dakota continue to lag behind our neighboring states with SD’s teachers the only state of the group of seven not top $50,000 in average teacher pay in 2020-21 and facing a growing gap.     The closest regional competitor, Montana, is more
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January19

Important legal topics affecting schools on schedule for ASBSD/COSA School Law webinars

Eight important school law related topics will be covered as part of the 2022-23 ASBSD/COSA School Law webinar series.   Listen to school law experts on legal topics affecting school districts, get your questions answered AND have access to the webinar recording presentation throughout the 2023 Fiscal Year for $25 per individual webinar or for
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January19

Resolution proposing new ed. path proceeds to Senate

A resolution to study a new educational path proceeded in the legislative process.   House Education members and the House Representatives passed House Concurrent Resolution 6001, which proposes the study of a potential optional educational path.   ASBSD is monitoring HCR 6001, which has been assigned to the Senate Education Committee.   The resolution “comes
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January18

School reps discuss juvenile justice system with legis. comm.

Representatives from the education community shared their thoughts with a legislative committee on schools and the juvenile justice system.   ASBSD Executive Director Wade Pogany, Large School Group Representative Dianna Miller and SASD Executive Director Rob Monson discussed the issues schools are facing when dealing with juvenile offenders and potential solutions with the Senate Judiciary
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January17

Nominate your superintendent for a 2023 award

The South Dakota School Superintendent Association is accepting nominations for their 2023 state awards.   Nominations are being sought for: Outstanding Superintendent of the Year; Innovator of the Year; Community Leader of the Year; Rookie of the Year; and Distinguished Service Award. Download the instruction and nomination form here (Word) or here (PDF).     All nominations must
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