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House Education committee has 2 bills on Weds Feb 25

February 24, 2015

kidsinchoolOn Wednesday, February 25th, at 7:45 AM the SD House Education committee will take on 2 bills.

SB 89 – SoDakLiberty Posts –Require the development of school safety plans and to require the conduct of lockdown drills in accredited schools.

Sen Larry Tidemann (R, Dist 7) and Rep Scott Munsterman (R, Dist 7) are the prime sponsors. This bill passed Senate Ed and the Senate floor with no opposition. Here is what I said before about the bill, and stick with:

This bill would require all accredited schools to create a “school safety plan” and have lockdown drills in the event of a violent incident. This is a waste of legislative and school time. This should be decided on a case by case basis at the local level. Emergency managers have to determine the risk and impact of any given scenario and from there decide if a full plan and drill are necessary. The legislature cannot decide that. Any time put into a plan such as this might take away from planning for more imminent emergencies. The plan described will take a lot of time and resources to create and practice.

SB 90 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Require school districts to provide veterans a preference in employment.

Sen Bernie Hunhoff (D, Dist 18) and Rep Jean Hunhoff (R, Dist 18) are the prime sponsors. This bill passed Senate Ed and the Senate floor with no opposition. I still don’t understand why this bill is moving forward. With the current teacher shortage is there really a problem with veterans not getting a job interview for being a teacher?

  1. MJL
    February 24, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    Your right on both levels with these bills. In the first bill, many schools have already developed an emergency plan and go over it. Was there a study that showed that schools refuse to think about safety? The second bill seems like a good idea, but why does being a veteran make someone a better teacher? I don’t know of any school that would discriminate against someone because they are a veteran. It is usually a benefit in the initial interviewing process, but it should not guarantee an advantage over someone.

  1. February 24, 2015 at 7:56 pm
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