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June01

2021 ASBSD-SASD Convention returning to in-person event!

The premier learning event for school board members and administrators returns in-person this August.   Be amongst the attendees of the 2021 ASBSD-SASD Convention on Thursday and Friday, August 5-6 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. The event will function as it has in-person in previous years.   Download the 2021 ASBSD-SASD Convention schedule here.
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March13

Overhaul of homeschool laws passed by House, signed by Gov

A bill set to bring about major changes to homeschool statute will become law on July 1.   On a 41-27 vote, the House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 177, which makes significant changes to homeschool laws, and Gov. Kristi Noem, surrounded by supporters of the proposal, signed it into law.   Rep. Rebecca Reimers, the
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March12

Submit your questions on homeschool statute changes

SASD Executive Director Rob Monson has developed an online document for submission of questions related to Senate Bill 177, which makes significant changes to homeschool laws.   The bill, which passed the House 41-27 and was signed by Gov. Kristi Noem, will become law on July 1 and there are many questions around how different
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March11

Bill adjusting private school scholarship for third time on to Gov.

The Governor’s signature is all that awaits a bill seeking expansion of the private school scholarship program.   Senate Bill 175, which expands the student eligibility options for the private school scholarship program, passed the House State Affairs committee on a 10-3 vote and the full House on a 60-9 vote.   The bill would allow
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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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