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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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February22

Five CB webinars scheduled in 2021

Board members and administrators will receive expert information and advice on the collective bargaining process as part of ASBSD’s five-part webinar series.   Veteran School Law Attorneys Gerry Kaufman and Rodney Freeman will bring their vast knowledge of the collective bargaining process to five separate hour-long webinars, each covering its own unique topic and featuring
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February20

School Law webinar schedule set, registration price decreased

Expert school law information will be presented in eight webinars this year – at a lower rate!   Join COSA and ASBSD as the great minds in school law in South Dakota cover eight legal topics affecting school districts in an hour-long webinar, which will also feature time for you to get your questions about
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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

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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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

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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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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February13

COVID liability bill sent to Governor’s desk for signature

A bill that would provide school districts and other entities protection against certain lawsuits related to COVID-19 has reached the Governor’s desk.   On a 29-3 vote, the Senate passed House Bill 1046, which limits liability for certain exposures to COVID-19, to send it to Gov. Kristi Noem for review and signature.   “We have a bill
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