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Sept. 25, 2023
Apply now for National School Lunch Program equipment grants
Qualified schools can apply for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) SY 2023-24 grant funding to purchase new equipment or to renovate existing equipment used in their school food service program. This is a competitive grant process. Grants must be used for equipment purchases of $1,000 or more, and awards will not exceed $25,000 per applicant. Applications are due Oct. 27

Sept. 18, 2023
Science and certain CTE standards under review
The South Dakota Science Standards and the Government & Public Administration Cluster Standards are now under review. Both sets of standards were developed with input from South Dakota educators. They will go through a series of four public hearings hosted by the Board of Education Standards - with the first hearing to be held at the board's Oct. 20 meeting in Aberdeen. The Department of Education (DOE) is currently taking written public comment on the proposed standards.

Sept. 5, 2023
Addressing Chronic Absenteeism grants available
The Addressing Chronic Absenteeism (Round 2) grant application period is now open. These are competitive grants aimed at eliminating chronic absenteeism by providing students with safe, healthy, and engaging learning environments. Applications are due Sept. 18, 2023. Public school districts that meet the grant's definition of high-need Local Education Agency are eligible to apply. Grant requests may be up to $500,000 and must be obligated prior to June 30, 2026.

Sept. 5, 2023
Apply now for CTE Collaborative Equipment Grants
The Department of Education's Office of Career and Technical Education has announced the application window for CTE Collaborative Equipment Grants is now open. The intent of the grants is to support and modernize career and technical education (CTE) programs across South Dakota for multiple school districts that collaborate to expand CTE opportunities to more students. The grants will provide equipment critical to helping students be prepared for in-demand, high-wage, high-skill careers.

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