2019 Senate Bill 3 - Senate Education

State of South Dakota  
NINETY-FOURTH SESSION
LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY, 2019  

866B0068   SENATE EDUCATION ENGROSSED    NO.  SB 3 -  1/22/2019  

Introduced by:    Senators Bolin, Maher, Nesiba, and Youngberg and Representatives Schoenfish, Bartels, Duvall, and Smith (Jamie) at the request of the Extraordinary Cost Fund for Special Education Study Committee
 

        FOR AN ACT ENTITLED, An Act to create the Special Education Task Force.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA:
    Section 1. That chapter 2-6 be amended by adding a NEW SECTION to read:
    There is hereby created the Special Education Task Force. The purpose of the task force is to examine the rising numbers of students in South Dakota schools who are being identified as in need of special education or special education and related services, to examine the increasing costs of the services these students require, and to develop recommendations to address the situation.
    Section 2. That chapter 2-6 be amended by adding a NEW SECTION to read:
    The task force created in section 1 of this Act shall consist of the following twelve members:
            (1)    The Executive Board of the Legislative Research Council shall appoint the following:
            (a)    Three legislators including, if possible, the chair or vice-chair of the Senate standing committee on education and the chair or vice-chair of the House standing committee on education and one member of the minority party who

serves on either the Senate or House standing committee on education; and

            (b)    A person who is an advocate for persons with disabilities;
            (2)    The secretary of education shall appoint the following:
            (a)    Three school district superintendents; one representing a school district located east of the Missouri River, one representing a school district located west of the Missouri River, and one representing a school district with a fall enrollment of four hundred or fewer;
            (b)    One current member of a local school board;
            (c)    One special education director who is currently employed in a school district other than a school district represented by a superintendent or school board member appointed to serve on the task force pursuant to this section; and
            (d)    One school district business manager; and
            (3)    The Governor shall appoint two persons, at least one of whom is the parent of a child who attends a public school and is in need of special education or special education and related services.
    Section 3. That chapter 2-6 be amended by adding a NEW SECTION to read:
    The task force shall be under the supervision of the Executive Board of the Legislative Research Council and shall report to the board on the task force's activities from time to time. The task force shall be funded and staffed as an interim legislative committee.
    Section 4. That chapter 2-6 be amended by adding a NEW SECTION to read:
    The task force shall conclude its work and report its findings and recommendations to the Legislature and to the Governor no later than December 31, 2020.

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