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February03

Senate defeats, revives community-based school bill

A bill establishing a community-based school system within public school districts was defeated, but then revived this week.   Senate Bill 68, which creates and funds Oceti Sakowin community-based schools, failed to pass the Senate on 14-20 vote on Monday (2/1), but on Tuesday (2/2) a vote reconsider – thus reopening debate and vote –
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February01

Bill limiting COVID-19 liability passes House

School districts and other entities across South Dakota will have protection against certain lawsuits related to COVID-19 based on a recent bill passed through the House.   Members of the House State Affairs committee passed House Bill 1046, which limits liability for certain exposures to COVID-19, on a 12-1 vote and the full House passed
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January03

Appoint your LAN member for the 2021 legislative session

Advocating on behalf of our public school system is an important job and ASBSD’s Legislative Action Network (LAN) steps up to take on that task.   The ASBSD Legislative Action Network is designed to activate designated members of local school boards to represent the legislative positions of the Association and their local board.   Every
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December22

Proposals for one-time money for schools outlined

Along with the ongoing increase of 2.4 percent to state aid for next school year, there are three proposed one-time funding plans that have been outlined.   In addition to the ongoing funding increase, Gov. Kristi Noem proposed $11 million in one-time money for student enrollment impacts from the COVID19 pandemic. The S.D. Department of
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December21

Flexibility from state requirements provided

Flexibility from certain requirements has been provided to school districts for the 2020-21 school year.   Gov. Kristi Noem signed an Executive Order earlier this month providing accredited schools with relief from certain state requirements due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which include:   Teacher evaluation. Suspension of the statutory provision of SDCL 13-42-34 requiring schools
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December08

Delegates approve resolutions and standing positions for 2021

Nearly 90 Delegates took part in the first-ever online Delegate Assembly last month.   Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 ASBSD Delegate Assembly took place on the Zoom online platform where 87 delegates approved 39 legislative resolutions and 12 standing positions, which set the Association’s legislative platform for the 2021 legislative session that begins
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December06

ASBSD Board meets online prior to Delegate Assembly

The final meeting of 2020 for the ASBSD Board of Directors was held online last month.   Directors met prior to the 2020 Delegate Assembly, which you can read about here, and approved the legislative priorities to be presented and voted upon by Delegates.   The five resolutions approved by the Board as advocacy priorities
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October20

2020 ASBSD Delegate Assembly to be held virtually

As your district’s appointed delegate for ASBSD’s Delegate Assembly, you have an important role for your district and for your state school board Association as you will vote on the legislative direction of ASBSD for the 2021 legislative session.   This year, we’re asking all appointed delegates join us on the online webinar Zoom platform
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October20

Appoint your district’s Delegate, ASBSD’s Delegate Assembly moved online

ASBSD’s Delegate Assembly is the time to establish your state school board association’s legislative direction and share your district’s view on key legislative topics. Appointed delegates will vote on ASBSD’s resolutions and standing positions, which set the legislative path for the 2021 legislative session.     Please submit your appointed delegate’s name and information by Tuesday,
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September28

School board topics, talk and trainings scheduled this Fall

ASBSD is bringing more school board topics, talk and training to you this Fall.   Beginning in October we will be hosting two webinar series – one focused on advocacy and another on school board topics – for board members and administrators to enhance their knowledge of and gather new information on each topic.  
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