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March10

Proposed study on mental health education in SD awaits approval

A proposed study on mental health education in South Dakota awaits its final go ahead after running through the legislature.   HCR 6015, which encourages the Executive Board of the Legislature to create an interim legislative study on mental health education in this state, received approval by the House, a Senate Committee and the full
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March09

Teleconference voting change on to Gov’s desk

A streamlined process for unanimous voting during a teleconference is headed to the Governor’s desk.   House Bill 1127, which revises certain provisions regarding official meetings conducted by teleconference, passed the Senate Local Government committee on a 6-1 vote and the full Senate on a 33-0 vote.   ASBSD supports the bill.   “It will
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March08

Media access of events bill reaches gov’s desk

A bill permitting additional media coverage of interscholastic activities or events reached the governor’s desk.   Senate Bill 128, which revises certain provisions related to news media coverage of high school activities, passed Senate and House committees and floor votes with near unanimous support.   The bill permits free access for media outlets to cover
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March01

Homeschool bill headed to House floor, contact your Reps and tell them to vote NO

There may only be one final legislative hurdle for a bill bringing sweeping changes to homeschool laws to clear.   Senate Bill 177, which makes significant changes to homeschool laws, passed the House State Affairs Committee on Monday (3/1) by an 8-5 vote and now moves to the House floor for review and vote, and
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February28

School funding proposals to be addressed in remaining session days

With the fate of many of the K-12 education bills decided or in their final legislative stages, the focus in the final two weeks of the legislature’s main run turns to funding.   This week, Senate Bill 49, which sets the School District General Fund levy, target teacher salary and overhead rate for FY 2022, will
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February27

House passes funding for civics ed. update

The civics education update has its funding through the first chamber of the legislature.   On a 63-5 vote, House members 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 education, including: Creating
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February26

Wind energy tax revenue transfer bill on to Gov

School districts seeking to use tax revenue from the wind energy tax only await the Governor’s signature to do so.   House Bill 1066, which authorizes the transfer of wind energy tax revenue from a school district general fund, passed the Senate Education committee on a 6-1 vote and the full Senate on a 35-0
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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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