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August21

Policy Alert: Student and Staff Health and Safety

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).   Student and staff health and safety related policies recently received
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April15

School Law webinar recordings available to watch

Expert school law information is still available in eight webinars this year – at a lower rate!   The great minds in school law in South Dakota covered eight legal topics affecting school districts each in an hour-long webinar and you can still register for them to receive the recordings.   For just $25, you
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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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March12

NSBA holding 2021 conference online

NSBA is pleased to announce the transformation of its in-person NSBA 2021 Annual Conference Exposition to the NSBA 2021 Online Experience.   The conference will bring world-class programming, inspirational keynotes, top education solution providers, and plentiful networking opportunities over a three day period from Thursday-Saturday, April 8-10.     For additional information and registration details
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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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March01

Homeschool bill headed to House floor, contact your Reps and tell them to vote NO

There may only be one final legislative hurdle for a bill bringing sweeping changes to homeschool laws to clear.   Senate Bill 177, which makes significant changes to homeschool laws, passed the House State Affairs Committee on Monday (3/1) by an 8-5 vote and now moves to the House floor for review and vote, and
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February28

School funding proposals to be addressed in remaining session days

With the fate of many of the K-12 education bills decided or in their final legislative stages, the focus in the final two weeks of the legislature’s main run turns to funding.   This week, Senate Bill 49, which sets the School District General Fund levy, target teacher salary and overhead rate for FY 2022, will
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February18

Revenue figures adopted, funding proposals discussed

An increase in state aid for next year and one-time money for this year remain in play after the adoption of revenue figures.   On a 14-3 vote, Legislative Appropriators adopted revenue figures for Fiscal Year 2022, which total $1.834 billion in revenue and is more than $30 million above what Gov. Kristi Noem proposed
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February17

Free training videos available for board members

School board members seeking additional information about their role can review seven one-hour videos for FREE and earn 20 ALL points for each one watched!     The School Board U Sundays videos are hosted by ASBSD Board Development Director Jim Holbeck and cover a variety of school board topics, including: Social Media Challenges: CLICK HERE;
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