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January22

Two more related to Common Core pass

Two more bills tied to Common Core found passing votes on Wednesday. ASBSD supports the implementation of the Common Core Standards.   Members of the Senate State Affairs committee voted in favor of Senate Bills 63 and 64.   Senate Bill 63, which protects the privacy of individual student records by prohibiting the collection of
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January21

Senate says no to teacher shortage resolution

Unlike the House of Representatives, there was no resistance vocalized in the Senate for House Concurrent Resolution 1002. However, unlike the House (49-18 pass), the Senate voted down the resolution, 19-15.   HCR 1002 acknowledges the teacher shortage and the difficulties districts in South Dakota face in attracting and retaining qualified teachers. ASBSD supported the resolution.
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January21

Common Core Council bill passes committee

The conversation around Common Core came to the legislature for the first time in 2014.   Members of the Senate Education committee voted 5-2 to pass Senate Bill 62, which calls for the creation of the South Dakota Common Core Standards Evaluation Council.   ASBSD supports the implementation of the Common Core Standards.   An
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January17

Meet the House Education Committee

The House Education committees gaveled in for the first time on Wednesday.   The education-centric committee, which held introductory meetings this week to meet Secretary of Education Melody Schoop and Board of Regents Executive Director Jack Warner, will hold much of ASBSD’s committee focus during session.   To understand the inner-workings of the committee, let’s
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January17

Meet the Senate Education committee

The Senate Education committee gaveled in for the first time on Thursday.   The education-centric committee, which held an introductory meeting to meet Secretary of Education Melody Schoop and learn about the Department of Education, will hold much of ASBSD’s committee focus during session.   To understand the inner-workings of the committee, let’s get to
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January16

Reps ratify resolutions

Howling and bitter northwest winds couldn’t keep the House of Representatives from adopting two education-related resolutions on Thursday.   Representatives voted 49-18 to adopted House Concurrent Resolution 1002, which acknowledges the teacher shortage and the difficulties districts in South Dakota face in attracting and retaining qualified teachers.   “The resolution brings awareness to the legislature
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January14

Gov. supports Common Core in State of the State

South Dakota’s 89th legislative session began today with Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s State of the State Address.   Support of Common Core highlighted the education topics addressed by the governor.   “We need standards that are rigorous,” Gov. Daugaard said of the Common Core, noting that he supported the standards, but understood the concerns that have
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January14

ASBSD Legislative Resources

The 2014 legislative session begins on Tuesday, Jan. 14 and ASBSD has you covered for coverage of the daily occurrences in the legislature.   This year, we have three main tools we’d like to bring your attention to: ASBSD Bill Tracker ASBSD Blog 2014 Legislative Documents   The ASBSD Bill Tracker system has been revamped
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January14

What’s ahead for the 2014 legislative session

Business is about to pick up in Pierre.   South Dakota’s 89th Legislative Session begins next week and the 38 day term will feature key K-12 education topics that will shape the future of our schools.   “This is going to be a big year for our school districts,” ASBSD Executive Director Wade Pogany said.
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