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January20

Will 5% Stem the Funding Issues in Public Schools?

Neighbor States Widening Teacher Pay Gap   The average teacher salaries in South Dakota continue to lag behind our neighboring states with SD’s teachers the only state of the group of seven not top $50,000 in average teacher pay in 2020-21 and facing a growing gap.     The closest regional competitor, Montana, is more
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January19

Resolution proposing new ed. path proceeds to Senate

A resolution to study a new educational path proceeded in the legislative process.   House Education members and the House Representatives passed House Concurrent Resolution 6001, which proposes the study of a potential optional educational path.   ASBSD is monitoring HCR 6001, which has been assigned to the Senate Education Committee.   The resolution “comes
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January18

School reps discuss juvenile justice system with legis. comm.

Representatives from the education community shared their thoughts with a legislative committee on schools and the juvenile justice system.   ASBSD Executive Director Wade Pogany, Large School Group Representative Dianna Miller and SASD Executive Director Rob Monson discussed the issues schools are facing when dealing with juvenile offenders and potential solutions with the Senate Judiciary
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January15

2023 ASBSD Billtracker Update: Week One

Legislative session’s through one week and the ASBSD Billtracker has accumulated 19-pieces of legislation so far.   Learn how ASBSD Billtracker works here.   Thus far, ASBSD is supporting six bills, opposing three and 10 more are listed as “monitor.” Positions on pieces of legislation are determined by member boards by voting at the Delegate Assembly
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January13

2023 ASBSD Legislative Resources

The 2023 legislative session began this week (1/10) and ASBSD has you covered for coverage of the daily occurrences in the legislature.   Four ASBSD resources will help you keep up-to-date on the 98th legislative session, they include: ASBSD Billtracker ASBSD Blog Legislative Session Documents List of Legislative Cracker Barrels ASBSD Billtracker provides you with a list of
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January12

Scholarship program referenced in Gov’s State of the State

Gov. Kristi Noem kicked of the 98th South Dakota Legislative Session with her State of the State address.   While K-12 education didn’t get a lot of attention during her address, Gov. Noem did mention the Stronger Families Scholarship that she mentioned in last month’s budget address.   The Fiscal Year 2024 Governor’s budget summary
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January12

2023’s most important legislative days

The 2023 legislative session began on Tuesday, January 10th and the 98th legislative session features many important days during which many pieces of K-12 related legislation will be debated and voted on.   This year’s session contains 38 legislative days and kicked off with Gov. Kristi Noem’s State of the State address on Tuesday. Read about the address here.
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January03

Gov proposes 5 percent funding increase, tax cut and scholarship program

It’s a proposed 5 percent increase in state aid for public schools.   On Tuesday (12/6), Gov. Kristi Noem shared her proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2024 with legislators and the public.   “This year I am recommending a 5 percent increase,” Gov. Noem said during the address in reference to state aid.   The
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January03

A sample school board resolution for your board’s consideration

The proposed Social Studies Standards for South Dakota’s schools are continuing their hearing schedule with the Board of Education Standards in 2023.   You can read the proposed standards here, which had their first hearing in September at which many South Dakota public school educators and administrators testified in opposition.   The overall sentiment of
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January01

FY23 revenue collections exceeding expectations by more than $100 million

Revenue collections in South Dakota so far in Fiscal Year 2023 exceeded expectations by nine figures.   Through November of FY23, the state’s revenue collections surpassed the figure adopted by the legislature by $135,260,272.   Revenue figures for FY23 were adopted by the legislature earlier this year during the 2022 legislative session and since the
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