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Senate Education committee has 5 bills on Tues Feb 24

February 23, 2015

Minduka-EducationOn Tuesday, February 24th, at 7:45 AM the SD Senate Education committee will take on 5 bills.

HB 1066 – SoDakLiberty PostsClarify that the required notice requirements related to continuing contracts do not apply to employees of postsecondary technical institutes.

Rep Don Haggar (R, Dist 10) and Sen Craig Tieszen (R, Dist 34) are the prime sponsors. It only had one no vote on the House side. This bill changes some wording. The biggest change appears to be using “nonrenew a year-to-year contract” instead of “termination”.

HB 1148 – SoDakLiberty PostsRequire that the annual report of a school district contain certain information regarding school district fund balances.

Rep Jacqueline Sly (R, Dist 33) and Sen Deb Peters (R, Dist 9) are the prime sponsors. This bill had no opposition in the House. Current the annual report has a one-time snapshot of account balances. This would require the annual report have monthly balances. That should give better data to work with than a one-time snapshot.

HB 1101 – SoDakLiberty PostsEnsure local control over curriculum and methods of instruction.

Rep Jacqueline Sly – (R, Dist 33) and Sen Bruce Rampelberg (R, Dist 30) are the prime sponsors. It had no opposition in House Ed, but eight opposed it on the House floor. This bill is nothing but a political trick. It doesn’t actually do anything. If Sly really supported local control she would be supporting the smokeout of HB 1223.

HB 1005 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Repeal the foundation program fund and references thereto.

Rep Scott Munsterman (R, Dist 7) and Sen Corey Brown (R, Dist 23) are the prime sponsors. This passed House Ed 11-4 and the House floor 66-3. This bill seemed harmless at first. But in fact it seems like this bill may be used by the DOE to exert more control over local school districts and non-public schools (such as homeschoolers). Specifically it would seem to give DOE more ability to strong-arm the different schools into complying with curriculum (Common Core). If this is true, this is a troubling bill that needs to be killed.

HB 1117 – SoDakLiberty PostsProvide for the approval of postsecondary courses for certain nonpublic school students and students receiving alternative instruction.

Rep Joshua Klumb (R, Dist 20) and Sen Brock Greenfield  (R, Dist 2) are the prime sponsors. This bill only had one no vote on the House side. This bill seems to make sense, why keep students away from postsecondary courses just because they are not in a public school.

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