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February22

Sen. sends homeschool participation, ed. overhaul bill to House, tell Reps to vote NO

Homeschool law overhaul is headed across the Capitol building hallway for debate and review.   Senators passed Senate Bill 177, which makes significant changes to alternative instruction, or homeschool laws, on a 21-14 vote.   ASBSD opposes the bill, which now heads to the House State Affairs committee for debate and review.   The bill creates
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February21

SFAB approves continuation of cash balance cap waiver

School districts will continue to receive flexibility with their general fund cash balances.   Members of the School Finance Accountability Board (SFAB) unanimously approved a resolution extending the blanket waiver for school districts receiving federal funds tied to COVID-19 so that would not be penalized in state aid reduction should they exceed the general fund
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February20

Private school scholarship provision change creeps into the House

The creep towards expanding the state’s private school scholarship program continued.   Senate Bill 175, which expands the student eligibility options for the private school scholarship program, passed the Senate on a 30-5 vote.   The bill would allow any students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade to receive a private school scholarship should they meet the income eligibility
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February19

Civics education update funding through first comm.

Funding for the proposed civics education update came out of its first committee in the legislature.   On an 8-0 vote, House Appropriators passed House Bill 1279, which appropriates $900,000 for the development of civics curriculum and resources.   The proposed one-time funding of $900,000 would go to four areas of the review and development of civics
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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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February18

Apply to be part of social studies standards revision

Those interested in applying to be part of the social studies standards revision can do so.   The South Dakota Department of Education is taking applications from educators and key stakeholders interested in being part of this summer’s social studies standards revision process.   Click here to apply.   The Department of Education is seeking
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February17

S.D. Superintendent’s Association seeking award nominees

The South Dakota Superintendent’s Association is seeking nominations for their annual awards as they look to celebrate great leaders across South Dakota.   The awards categories are as follows: Outstanding Superintendent of the Year Distinguished Service Award Innovator Award Rookie of the Year Award Community Leader of the Year Award The nomination packet can be
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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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February16

Comm. approves homeschool ed. law overhaul, ask your Senators to oppose

The loosening of alternative instruction oversight began with committee passage of Senate Bill 177.   Senate Education committee members passed SB 177, which makes significant changes to alternative instruction, or homeschool, laws, on a 6-1 vote.   An amendment to the bill does require proof of age be provided for any student participating in school athletics
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February14

ASBSD BOD meets online

ASBSD Board members met online recently and received a legislative update and discussed next year’s officers.   Executive Director Wade Pogany provided the Board of Directors with an update from the 2021 legislative session, including funding and key bills.   “Money is still in play,” Pogany said, noting the two biggest funding pieces were the
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