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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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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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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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February16

Comm. approves homeschool ed. law overhaul, ask your Senators to oppose

The loosening of alternative instruction oversight began with committee passage of Senate Bill 177.   Senate Education committee members passed SB 177, which makes significant changes to alternative instruction, or homeschool, laws, on a 6-1 vote.   An amendment to the bill does require proof of age be provided for any student participating in school athletics
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February14

ASBSD BOD meets online

ASBSD Board members met online recently and received a legislative update and discussed next year’s officers.   Executive Director Wade Pogany provided the Board of Directors with an update from the 2021 legislative session, including funding and key bills.   “Money is still in play,” Pogany said, noting the two biggest funding pieces were the
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February12

Eligibility requirements could expand for private school scholarship

South Dakota’s private school scholarship program could expand should the latest bill chipping away at the program’s initial parameters continues to progress.   Senate Bill 175, which expands the student eligibility options for the private school scholarship program, passed the Senate Education committee on a 6-0 vote.   The bill would allow any students in
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February10

Bill drastically amending homeschool education laws has first hearing

The first debate on a proposal to overhaul alternative instruction laws took place today (2/9).   Senate Education committee members held a nearly two hour hearing on Senate Bill 177, which makes significant changes to alternative instruction, or homeschool, laws, and will continue the bill hearing on Thursday (2/11).   ASBSD opposes the bill.  
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February06

Community-school bill defeated in Senate

A proposal to create a community-school system within a public school district fell in the Senate.   On a 12-20 vote, Senators defeated an amended version of Senate Bill 68, which creates and funds Oceti Sakowin community-based schools. The end comes after the bill passed through the Senate Education committee, but was defeated on its
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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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January31

Committee concurs with Community school bill

A bill creating a new school system within existing school districts cleared its first committee.   On a 6-1 vote, Senate Bill 68, which creates and funds Oceti Sakowin community-based schools, passed the Senate Education committee.   ASBSD opposes the bill due to the legal questions it raises, governance issues it presents and liability concerns
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