Legislative session winding down
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Legislative session winding down

The following is a brief rundown of some of the most recent action related to education bills in the legislature. There are several funding related bills, including the Governor’s proposal for a 3 percent increase in the per-student allocation (SB 37), that are still viable and will likely go until the last few days of session. All bills can be tracked at the Legislative Research Council’s website at www.legis.sd.gov/

--HB 1243, which would “supplant” the Common Core standards, failed to make it out of House Education. SB 129, an identical bill on the Senate side, failed earlier on in the session.

--HB 1187, a bill that would have allowed parents to opt their students out of the state assessment also failed to make it out of House Education. An attempt was made to revive the bill on the House floor, but that attempt failed as well.

--A bill that would require schools to provide instruction in CPR and make it a graduation requirement was heard in Health and Human Services (SB 145). The bill was amended to require DOE to inform districts annually of resources and training available in this area, and to annually survey districts regarding whether, and to what extent, such instruction is offered.

--The bill to require the pledge of allegiance, HB 1150, has passed both the House and the Senate.

--HB 1030 makes it clear that information that is part of a teacher’s evaluation is not a public record. The bill addresses concerns regarding confidentiality in light of new teacher and principal effectiveness systems being implemented across the state.

--HB 1033 clarifies that the application of a sibling of a student currently open enrolled in a school district has priority over all other open enrollment applications received by the district. It has passed both houses.