VIDEO: Gov. Dennis Daugaard and Education Secretary discuss education reform package on SDPB’s “Focus”.

Check out the Department of Education’s new YouTube Channel, and find several videos explaining the details of HB1234.

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New laws take effect next month



July 1 marks the beginning of a new fiscal year for the state of South Dakota, and a number of new laws are slated to take effect on that date as well.

Especially pertinent to school districts is the ability to charge for activities outside of the regular school term or school day, which was approved during the 2012 Legislative Session under HB 1195. Pre-K and driver’s education are two of the most common offerings that were discussed. Districts still may not charge for high school extracurricular activities.

Districts may also begin paying for background checks of its employees if desired under HB 1124.

Click here to see a complete list of education-related bills which will take effect in July. Visit the South Dakota Legislative Research website to find more information about any of the bills mentioned in the summary.