Zero-interest loans for energy projects available
A new $2.8 million revolving loan fund for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects is now available to South Dakota schools.

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Funding remains a question
As the 2010 legislative session winds down, the activity continues to pick up. Legislators have one more week to make final decisions about K-12 education funding and the state's overall budget.
Checklist helps schools through AYP process
Adequate yearly progress, or AYP, season will soon be upon us. Following our AYP checklist will help to ensure that your AYP determinations will be calculated properly.

Work to begin on common course numbering
South Dakota is adopting a common course numbering system. Educators from across the state will gather March 17 in Pierre to begin the work.

Preparing for the Dakota STEP
Dakota STEP-A testing is underway, and administration of the Dakota STEP will begin soon. Learn what's new.

Technology literacy assessment begins April 19
No Child Left Behind requires that states report the number of 8th grade students who are technology literate. The testing window for the 2010 8th Grade Technology Literacy Assessment is April 19-May 31.

Deadline for Regents Scholar Diplomas approaching
The Regents Scholar Diploma program recognizes graduating high school seniors who have demonstrated academic excellence. The deadline for schools to submit names is April 1.

Training for bus drivers now online
Annual training for school bus drivers will be provided online beginning in April 2010

Certification subject of public hearing
The South Dakota Board of Education will hold two public hearings at its March 31 meeting in Aberdeen. Find out more.

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