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House Education committee has 2 bills on Weds Mar 4

March 3, 2015

People-16-Teacher-BlackboardOn Wednesday, March 4th, at 8:30 AM the SD House Education committee will take on 2 bills.

SB 134 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Prohibit minor boundary changes for one year, to establish the school district boundary task force, and to declare an emergency.

Sen Tim Rave (R, Dist 25) and Rep Brian Gosch (R, Dist 32) are the prime sponsors. This was a hoghouse vehicle bill. It passed through the Senate without opposition after Senate State Affairs filled the bill with its actual content.

Here is the meat of what the taskforce will do per section 2 of the bill:

There is hereby established the school district boundary task force. The task force shall examine the boundaries of the existing school districts and recommend possible changes to those school district boundaries. The task force will also recommend a process for addressing minor boundary changes in the future once the moratorium established in section 1 of this Act has ended. The task force will not discuss or make any recommendations regarding school district reorganization.

BILLS FOR POSSIBLE ACTION WHICH HAVE HAD PRIOR HEARING.

SB 132 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Allow school districts to recruit teachers by providing certain financial incentives.

Sen Tim Rave (R, Dist 25) and Rep Jacqueline Sly (R, Dist 33) are the prime sponsors. This bill passed Senate Ed 4-1. It was amended on the Senate floor and passed 26-7. This bill would allow school districts to sign a contract that included a signing bonus, moving expenses or tuition reimbursement. This can be done in one lump sum after the teachers first year of employment, or installments over a max of three years. One caveat is that the incentives offered by this bill cannot be negotiated by a “designated collective bargaining representative.” So teachers have to negotiate this on their own, and not through a union. The amendment on the Senate floor took away the incentives for current teachers.

This bill was amended last week in House Ed. The amendment allows a school district to negotiate through a teacher’s designated collective bargaining representative. However the language is permissive. Meaning the school district doesn’t have to work through a union for this incentive if it doesn’t want to.

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