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July31

Committee concludes latest work

Members of the legislative interim study committee charged with examining school funding wrapped up their third session yesterday (Tuesday), concluding their look at technology’s role in education and the programs aimed at helping students graduate.   “We’re not changing education,” Rep. Kathy Tyler said about the different options available to educators. “We’re adding more tools.”
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July30

Funding committee talks technology

Members of the legislative interim committee charged with examining school funding met today (Monday) in Pierre with an agenda packed with presentations on technology’s impact on instruction.   In addition to studying technology’s relation to teaching, the committee has been asked to look at how the school funding formula affects a district’s decision to seek
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July29

School funding committee continues study

Exploration of school funding in South Dakota continues today as the legislative interim committee on school funding reconvenes this afternoon (Monday) and continues tomorrow.   “There was productive conversation, which laid a good foundation for the study last month and we look for that to continue at these meetings,” ASBSD Executive Director Wade Pogany said.
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May23

Two grant programs available for schools

The South Dakota Department of Education is now accepting applications for two grant programs, which were appropriated $500,000 by the legislature.   House Bill 1164 appropriated one-time funds for the Classroom Innovation grant program and House Bill 1185, which was the general funding bill, included one-time dollars for the Technology Infrastructure Upgrade grant program.  
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February06

Two bills tackled on Tuesday by Reps

Onward for innovation   Members of the House of Representatives passed House Bill 1164 with a 60-9 vote on Tuesday.   The bill would provide one-time dollars in the form of classroom innovation grants to utilize technology in creative and innovative ways to enhance learning and achievement of their students. Bill sponsor Rep. David Lust
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February06

Information to remain offline

For the foreseeable future school districts, and other government bodies, will continue to pay to have meeting minutes, public notices, school documents, bids and other information in the newspaper.   House Local Government committee members deferred House Bill 1224 to the 41st Legislative day at Tuesday’s bill hearing on a 10-3 vote. HB 1224 would
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February06

Funding change for “Under 100” deferred

House Education committee members voted to defer action on House Bill 1213, which would reduce the amount of state aid and eliminate the small school adjustment after school district drops under 100 total students for two consecutive years.   Executive Director Wade Pogany testified that the bill would “slowly erode” districts with under 100 students if
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February05

News and notes

Critical needs scholarship returns   Senate Bill 233 brings back a familiar piece of legislation from last year. The bill is looking to establish the critical needs teaching scholarship program, which was one of the lone bright spots from last year’s controversial education reform plan, House Bill 1234.   Senate Education committee members will have
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February05

Quick hits from committees

Scholarship program bill moves on   Senate Education committee members gave unanimous approval at this morning’s committee meeting to a bill resurrecting a piece of last year’s controversial education reform, House Bill 1234.   Senate Bill 233 would establish the critical needs teaching scholarship program for student’s looking to enter the teaching profession in a
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February04

Hearings held for three funding bills

A bill to change the state aid funding formula and two special project funding bills had hearings this morning as the fifth week of legislative session began.   House Bill 1202 was deferred to the 41st Legislative Day on an 8-4 vote by House State Affairs committee members. The bill called for the change of
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