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January25

2023 ASBSD Billtracker Update: Week Two

After the second week of the 2023 legislative session, the ASBSD Billtracker is up to 22-pieces of legislation being tracked.   Learn how ASBSD Billtracker works here.   Of those 22 legislative proposals on the list, there’s seven we’re supporting, six being opposed and nine being monitored.  Below is a breakdown of key bills ASBSD is
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January25

One more LAN Update webinars coming up

South Dakota’s public education system needs supportive voices. Many voices.   Our advocacy efforts must be united, informed and ready as the 2023 legislative session is likely to bring legislation with potentially long-reaching harmful effects to public schools, especially to funding.   “Vouchers, tax cuts, uncertain state aid increases, and that’s just the funding side,”
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January24

2023 Legislative Cracker Barrel list

Legislative Cracker Barrels in your area offer access to your local legislators, as well as the chance to hear their answers on a variety of legislative topics.   Below you will find a list of dates and locations of legislative cracker barrels being held throughout South Dakota that have been posted thus far.   Please
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January23

State aid increase bill moved to Approps, funding issues discussed

Five percent found six votes to advance it in the appropriations process.   Senate Bill 24, which provides the 5 percent increase in state aid and revises the property tax levies for school districts, was referred to the Joint Appropriations committee on a 6-0 vote by the Senate Education committee last week (1/19).   ASBSD is
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January20

Will 5% Stem the Funding Issues in Public Schools?

Neighbor States Widening Teacher Pay Gap   The average teacher salaries in South Dakota continue to lag behind our neighboring states with SD’s teachers the only state of the group of seven not top $50,000 in average teacher pay in 2020-21 and facing a growing gap.     The closest regional competitor, Montana, is more
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January15

2023 ASBSD Billtracker Update: Week One

Legislative session’s through one week and the ASBSD Billtracker has accumulated 19-pieces of legislation so far.   Learn how ASBSD Billtracker works here.   Thus far, ASBSD is supporting six bills, opposing three and 10 more are listed as “monitor.” Positions on pieces of legislation are determined by member boards by voting at the Delegate Assembly
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January13

2023 ASBSD Legislative Resources

The 2023 legislative session began this week (1/10) and ASBSD has you covered for coverage of the daily occurrences in the legislature.   Four ASBSD resources will help you keep up-to-date on the 98th legislative session, they include: ASBSD Billtracker ASBSD Blog Legislative Session Documents List of Legislative Cracker Barrels ASBSD Billtracker provides you with a list of
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January12

2023’s most important legislative days

The 2023 legislative session began on Tuesday, January 10th and the 98th legislative session features many important days during which many pieces of K-12 related legislation will be debated and voted on.   This year’s session contains 38 legislative days and kicked off with Gov. Kristi Noem’s State of the State address on Tuesday. Read about the address here.
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January03

Gov proposes 5 percent funding increase, tax cut and scholarship program

It’s a proposed 5 percent increase in state aid for public schools.   On Tuesday (12/6), Gov. Kristi Noem shared her proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2024 with legislators and the public.   “This year I am recommending a 5 percent increase,” Gov. Noem said during the address in reference to state aid.   The
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January01

FY23 revenue collections exceeding expectations by more than $100 million

Revenue collections in South Dakota so far in Fiscal Year 2023 exceeded expectations by nine figures.   Through November of FY23, the state’s revenue collections surpassed the figure adopted by the legislature by $135,260,272.   Revenue figures for FY23 were adopted by the legislature earlier this year during the 2022 legislative session and since the
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