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December05

Support for SD schools alluded to ahead of budget address

“We will also continue to support South Dakota schools…” wrote Gov. Kristi Noem in her weekly column on Friday (12/2) previewing Tuesday’s (12/6) Fiscal Year 2024 Budget Address.   What the Governor’s statement means for South Dakota’s public schools, remains to be seen.   During the 2022 legislative session, public schools gratefully received a 6
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December05

Policy Alert: Five Important Legal Related Policies

Five important sample policies related to the legal system in some manner received rewrites or updates to its language.   The amended policies include: JEA: Compulsory Attendance Ages, which aligns language in the policy with state statute, references to alternative instruction and removes reference to the School-Based program, as it is referenced in other sample
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December04

Delegates approve legislative platform after great discussion at Assembly

Board members representing their districts at the 2022 Delegate Assembly engaged in a robust discussion on the proposed legislative platform of ASBSD.   Delegates in attendance approved 44 legislative resolutions, which are pointed legislative policy positions, and 12 standing positions, which are broad statements on legislative policy, that compromise ASBSD’s legislative platform for the 2023
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December04

Policy Alert: Student Organizations policy rewritten

ASBSD’s sample policy IGDA: Student Organizations received a full edit.   “This is a full policy rewrite,” ASBSD Director of Policy & Legal Services Jessica Filler said. “We recommend school districts who adopted the previous version of sample policy IGDA: Student Organizations consider these changes as soon as they can.”   In addition, IGDA-R(1): Student
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December04

LAN needs A LOT of supportive advocacy voices this session

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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December03

ASBSD gavel passed, legis. priorities and enrollment categories approved by board

ASBSD’s gavel was officially passed at the most recent Board of Directors meeting, where members also approved proposed legislative priorities for Delegate Assembly and new enrollment categories for Association regions.   ASBSD President Lisa Snedeker of Woonsocket was officially passed the gavel from Past President Eric Stroeder of Mobridge-Pollock at the board’s November board meeting.
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December03

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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December03

Policy Alert: Staff related policies amended

Two sample policies pertaining to school staff members received revisions.   Modifications to sample policy GBI: Staff Gifts and Solicitations are substantial.   “After review of the sample policy, we made significant edits to acceptance of gifts by employees,” ASBSD Director of Policy & Legal Services Jessica Filler said. “In addition, changes were also made
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December02

2023 ASBSD Board of Director’s elections

The 2023 election cycle for the ASBSD Board of Directors is about to begin and seats in the following regions and enrollment categories will be up for election: Central region with enrollment 700-1,399 Chamberlain, Eagle Butte & Winner Northeast region with enrollment 265 & Under Arlington, Big Stone City, Doland, Estelline, Frederick Area, Henry, Hitchcock-Tulare, Iroquois,
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December02

Policy Alert: Vaping references added to sample policies

References to vaping marked the changes in two sample policies.   Sample policies AEA: Tobacco and Vaping Free Schools and JFC: Student Conduct received edits by the ASBSD policy team.   “Changes made to sample policy AEA: Tobacco and Vaping Free Schools included a prohibition for vaping, as well as the prohibition of distribution or
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