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January06

Homeland Security grants available for schools in 2023

Homeland Security grant funding will be available for public schools by application at the start of 2023.   The South Dakota Office of Homeland Security will be accepting applications from public schools for one-time project funding from January 1 through February 17, 2023.   Click here to complete the application.     Funding will be
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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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December25

Property tax cut, juvie justice reforms proposed for 2023 session

A property tax cut and juvenile justice reforms emerged from the 2022 legislative interim and will be introduced as bills during the 2023 legislative session.   On a 10-3 vote, members of the Property Tax Structure and Tax Burden interim committee approved a proposal providing an eight-figure property tax cut.   In the proposal “one
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December24

Meet with your legislators and ask them the important questions

School Board Members and Administrators, please meet with your legislators before the 2023 legislative session begins in January.   Click here to see what legislators represent your district and click here to view legislator contact information.   “We need our school leaders to meet with their legislators before session begins,” ASBSD Executive Director Wade Pogany
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December16

Open teaching positions in South Dakota continue to add up

Open teaching positions in South Dakota continue to add up each month.   In November, the ASBSD Teacher Placement website, which is hosted by ASBSD for school districts to post teacher and administrator positions they are seeking to fill, logged 158 open teaching positions posted   The 158 open positions in November are three times
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December05

Support for SD schools alluded to ahead of budget address

“We will also continue to support South Dakota schools…” wrote Gov. Kristi Noem in her weekly column on Friday (12/2) previewing Tuesday’s (12/6) Fiscal Year 2024 Budget Address.   What the Governor’s statement means for South Dakota’s public schools, remains to be seen.   During the 2022 legislative session, public schools gratefully received a 6
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December05

Policy Alert: Five Important Legal Related Policies

Five important sample policies related to the legal system in some manner received rewrites or updates to its language.   The amended policies include: JEA: Compulsory Attendance Ages, which aligns language in the policy with state statute, references to alternative instruction and removes reference to the School-Based program, as it is referenced in other sample
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December04

Delegates approve legislative platform after great discussion at Assembly

Board members representing their districts at the 2022 Delegate Assembly engaged in a robust discussion on the proposed legislative platform of ASBSD.   Delegates in attendance approved 44 legislative resolutions, which are pointed legislative policy positions, and 12 standing positions, which are broad statements on legislative policy, that compromise ASBSD’s legislative platform for the 2023
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