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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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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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February04

Two bills benefitting schools are headed for the gov’s desk

Two bills benefitting schools are headed for the governor’s desk.   House Bill 1082, which changes the LEP term to English Learner and amends the EL adjustment for the 2021-22 school year, passed the Senate Education committee on a 6-0 vote and the full Senate on a 31-0 vote, after previously passing the House Education
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January04

NSBA Overview on Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act

The following information was provided by the National School Boards Association (NSBA).   On Saturday, December 26, 2020, President Donald Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, a $900 billion legislative package to assist with the COVID-19 national emergency.   As part of the package, education received $82 billion in
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January03

Appoint your LAN member for the 2021 legislative session

Advocating on behalf of our public school system is an important job and ASBSD’s Legislative Action Network (LAN) steps up to take on that task.   The ASBSD Legislative Action Network is designed to activate designated members of local school boards to represent the legislative positions of the Association and their local board.   Every
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December18

Public comment requested on ESSA addendum, waiver and amendment

The South Dakota Department of Education is seeking an addendum, waiver and amendment to its Every Student Succeeds Act State Plan and is seeking public comment.   The proposed addendum creates a streamlined accountability process to address the impacts of COVID-19, while the waiver is specific to the 95 percent participation rate and school support
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December08

Delegates approve resolutions and standing positions for 2021

Nearly 90 Delegates took part in the first-ever online Delegate Assembly last month.   Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 ASBSD Delegate Assembly took place on the Zoom online platform where 87 delegates approved 39 legislative resolutions and 12 standing positions, which set the Association’s legislative platform for the 2021 legislative session that begins
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December06

ASBSD Board meets online prior to Delegate Assembly

The final meeting of 2020 for the ASBSD Board of Directors was held online last month.   Directors met prior to the 2020 Delegate Assembly, which you can read about here, and approved the legislative priorities to be presented and voted upon by Delegates.   The five resolutions approved by the Board as advocacy priorities
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December05

Policy Alert: 2020 Policies and Annual Notices Required by Federal Law

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).   The National School Boards Association/Council of School Attorneys (NSBA/COSA) recently updated and
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October20

2020 ASBSD Delegate Assembly to be held virtually

As your district’s appointed delegate for ASBSD’s Delegate Assembly, you have an important role for your district and for your state school board Association as you will vote on the legislative direction of ASBSD for the 2021 legislative session.   This year, we’re asking all appointed delegates join us on the online webinar Zoom platform
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