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February25

Senate to hear school start date debate

The debate on a school district’s school start date is headed for the Senate.   The start date argument that began earlier in session was in reincarnated, albeit with different details, in House Bill 1164 and passed through the House on a 57-12 vote on Monday.   The bill would require a referral petition to
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February23

Compromise on CPR training bill

A week after debating the details of a bill that would have required CPR to be taught in high schools and be counted as a graduation requirement, opposing sides came to a compromise.   Representatives from the American Heart Association and South Dakota Department of Education collaborated to complete Senate Bill 145, which was passed
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February21

Start date debate revived

On a 9-3 vote, members of the House Local Government decided to approve a bill that would revise provisions on a petition to refer a school board’s start day decision.   House Bill 1164 would require a petition to have five percent of the total number of registered voters voting in the previous general election,
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February21

Pledge bill passed by committee, House

A bill that requires the reciting of the pledge of allegiance at the start of each school day in every public school classroom is assured of seeing the Senate.   House Bill 1150 passed the House State Affairs committee and the House of Representatives on unanimous votes this week.   ASBSD supports the bill.  
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February13

Tech, certificate and hours bills advance

Three bills supported by ASBSD made it through House Education on Wednesday.   House Bill 1005, which appropriates $2.85 million for technology-oriented professional development to be used for teacher compensation, passed and was referred to House Appropriations on 15-0 vote.   The bill was previous killed by the committee, but was brought back for reconsideration
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February09

Will school starts be mandated? NO.

The debate on school start date ended on Thursday.   House Bill 1093, which prohibits public schools from starting a school term before the last Monday in August, died on the House floor after a 29-40 vote.   ASBSD opposed the bill.   “South Dakota is a local control state,” Rep. Jacqueline Sly said during
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February07

Activities suspension bill passes Senate

Senators voted 32-1 to advance a bill that would revise the suspension requirements for students participating in extracurricular activities that are convicted of a drug related offense.   Senate Bill 113 would impose a thirty calendar day suspension and would make the student ineligible for two games/activities upon completion of the suspension for a first offense.
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February06

Will school start dates be mandated?

Start dates for schools could be up to the legislature beginning next year.   House Bill 1093 would prohibit public schools from starting a school term before the last Monday in August. House State Affairs committee members voted 8-5 to advance the bill to the House floor on Wednesday.   ASBSD opposes the bill.  
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May30

Policy Matters Preview: SDOHS school safety assessment

ASBSD’s Policy Matters publication will be available tomorrow. The May edition centers around school safety. Below is an article on the school safety assessment completed by the South Dakota Office of Homeland Security.   Being vigilant of student safety is an ongoing task for school districts and the South Dakota Office of Homeland Security offers
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May02

Senator Johnston and Senate Bill 96

District 12 Sen. Mark Johnston announced his resignation from the legislature Wednesday – making him the third legislator to do so along with District 16 Rep. Patty Miller and District 25 Rep. Jon Hansen.   Sen. Johnston concluded his term as a legislator by collaborating with educators, introducing and championing a piece of legislation, Senate
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