Reduced federal grant allocations partially restored
Districts that were notified back in October of a reduction to their school year 2011-12 ESEA Title I Part A, ESEA Title II Part A and IDEA Part B Section 611 grant allocations can expect to see some of the cut funds returned to their allocation. >>> LEARN MORE.

More information on Personal Finance Standards released
Personal Finance Standards were adopted by the South Dakota Board of Education in July 2011.

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February is National Career and Technical Education Month
It's Career and Technical Education Month across the country, and to help celebrate, Governor Daugaard has proclaimed Tuesday, Feb. 7, as Career and Technical Student Organization Day in South Dakota.

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Legislative update for February
The 2012 legislative session is in its fourth week, and the bills have begun to move.
Changes to school nutrition programs finalized
Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture rolled out the final requirements related to changes to the school meal pattern.

Civil Rights Data Collection efforts underway
Civil Rights Data Collection efforts underway Recently, all superintendents should have received a letter regarding the upcoming mandatory Civil Rights Data Collection, or CRDC, from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights.

New census estimates released, affect federal allocations
The U.S. Census Bureau recently released the Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates for income year 2010. The SAIPE includes school district level populations and poverty counts for children ages 5-17.

Support network offered for new teachers
The Teacher to Teacher Support Network, or TTSN, is an online platform intended to serve as a community of practice for teachers throughout the state. TTSN is accepting names of first- and second-year teachers for the online mentoring program until Feb. 10.

Seeking nominations for School Resource Officer of the Year
Nominations are now being accepted for this year’s School Officer of the Year Award.

Submission deadline nearing for grants to fund after-school programs
Applications for the next round of 21st Century Community Learning Center, or 21st CCLC, grants are due later this month.

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