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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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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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December20

Legislative comm. endorses community-based school bill

A bill attempting to create a new school system that was defeated last session will be back next year after receiving the support of the State-Tribal Relations committee.   On a 10-0 vote, the committee endorsed the draft of the bill, which will create and fund Oceti Sakowin community-based schools. A similar bill was defeated
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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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