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March28

Revamped referral bill signed by Gov.

The revamped school start day referral bill was signed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard this week.   House Bill 1164 lowers the number of signatures needed to refer a school board’s start day decision to five percent of the total number of registered voters voting in the previous general election ONLY in school districts with 5,000
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March26

OE preference bill becomes law

A bill that gives preference to the open enrollment application of siblings was signed into law by Gov. Dennis Daugaard this week.   House Bill 1033 requires a sibling of an applicant be currently enrolled in the district in order for open enrollment application to receive preference when applications are reviewed.   S.D. Department of
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March25

Gov. signs three health and wellbeing bills

Three bills related to health and wellbeing of students and staff members in schools were signed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard recently.   The ASBSD supported, House Bill 1181, which allows for the requirement of a certification of health from an employee of a school at the request of the district’s Superintendent, was signed. The bill returned
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March25

Eval data protection bill signed

House Bill 1030, which makes evaluation data of a teacher, principal or other school employee compiled by a school district confidential, was signed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard.   Secretary of Education Melody Schopp testified during session that the evaluation information will “improve the practice” of teaching and needs to be confidential because it could contain
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March24

Suspension bill signed by Gov.

Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed in a law a bill that changes the suspension provisions for students participating in extracurricular activities who have been 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
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March24

Perfect run for Pledge bill

House Bill 1150, which requires the reciting of the pledge of allegiance at the start of each school day in every public school classroom, officially went undefeated with Gov. Dennis Daugaard signing the bill into law recently.   HB 1150 had zero dissenting votes in its run through the committee and floor votes of the
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March12

Hours adjustment bill on its way to Gov.

A bill revising the number of school term hours for some elementary students is headed to Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s desk.   Senators (35-0) and Representatives (69-0) concurred on an amended version of House Bill 1249.   The bill includes the fourth and fifth grades in the 875-hours of classroom time already required for kindergarten through
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March12

Revamped referral bill referred to Gov

The adage, “no bill is dead until session is over,” added another example on Tuesday.   Just hours after voting (17-18) to kill House Bill 1164, which lowers the number of signatures needed to refer a school board’s start day decision, Senators approved intent to reconsider on the bill and passed an amended version of
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March12

Senators and Reps pass suspension revision bill

Members of the House of Representatives voted 48-20 to support a bill that would change the suspension provisions for students participating in extracurricular activities who have been convicted of a drug related offense.   “We should be encouraging kids to participate (in extracurricular activities) rather than prohibiting them to do so,” Rep. Kris Langer said
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March10

Committee supports suspension revision bill

Members of the House Judiciary committee unanimously passed a bill that revises the suspension requirements for students participating in extracurricular activities that are convicted of a drug related offense.   “We should be in the business of helping students make good choices…rather than focusing on punishment,” Rep. Kris Langer, a co-sponsor of the bill, testified
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