Education Reform Advisory Council convenes
Members of the South Dakota Education Reform Advisory Council met for two days in Pierre last month. Click here for a short video summary by Secretary of Education Melody Schopp.

New teacher training model being developed
A new model for teacher training at South Dakotaís public universities would involve a full year of residency in a school setting. The model recently was recommended to the South Dakota Board of Regents. Click here for more information.

2012-13 federal funds intact
The U.S. Department of Education recently issued a letter clarifying the impact of the Budget Control Actís sequestration of funds for key federal education programs. Click here to learn more.

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Board to consider accountability rules

Proposed changes to administrative rules covering South Dakotaís accountability system for public schools are now available on the Department of Educationís website. The rules reflect much of the content of the stateís ESEA Flexibility Waiver application, which was approved by the U.S. Department of Education in late June.

The South Dakota Board of Education will hold a special meeting on Thursday, Aug. 23, at 11 a.m. (Central Time) to address the proposed rules. The meeting will be at the MacKay Building, 800 Governors Drive, in Pierre.

Click here to access the boardís agenda, as well as the proposed rule changes. Follow the appropriate links in the right-hand column.

Public comments should be mailed to:

South Dakota Department of Education
Attn: Ferne Haddock
800 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501

An e-mail option also is available at the web link offered above. Material sent by mail or e-mail must reach the Department of Education by Aug. 22, 2012, to be considered.