Schools are set to receive one-time funding from the 2021 legislative session.
The plan for distribution includes $4 million of the one-time total would be distributed to all public schools districts on a $30 per-student basis while the remaining amount will be used to fill in enrollment decreases some school districts saw this year with one-time allocation determined by utilizing a three-year enrollment review.
“There’s a lot of good in this bill,” Sen. John Wiik told fellow appropriators during the bill’s hearing.
- An appropriation of $900,000 for the development of civics curriculum and resources;
- An appropriation $1.5 million to update the educator certification system;
- An appropriation of $200,000 to update the South Dakota virtual school.
The proposals listed above were previously separate legislation, but those bills were defeated in order for them to be included within SB 64.
Rep. Chris Karr noted “significant one-time investments” being included within the bill.
Finally, SB 64 includes the authority for the South Dakota Department of Education to distribute $170 million in federal ESER funds to school districts. Sec. Tiffany Sanderson told Appropriators there’s a “broad use of funds” allowed for school districts seeking them, but noted most of the funds will be “distributed according to the Title formula.”