2018 Senate Bill 94 - Printed

State of South Dakota  

826Z0605   SENATE BILL   NO.  94  

Introduced by:    Senators Kolbeck, Curd, Greenfield (Brock), Jensen (Phil), Klumb, Langer, Nelson, Netherton, Rusch, and Stalzer and Representatives Peterson (Sue), Barthel, Beal, Bordeaux, Brunner, Campbell, Chase, Clark, Dennert, Diedrich, DiSanto, Duvall, Frye-Mueller, Glanzer, Goodwin, Greenfield (Lana), Haugaard, Heinemann, Howard, Jamison, Jensen (Kevin), Johnson, Latterell, Lesmeister, Livermont, Lust, Marty, May, McCleerey, McPherson, Mills, Pischke, Qualm, Rasmussen, Reed, Rhoden, Rounds, Schaefer, Schoenfish, Smith, Steinhauer, Wiese, York, and Zikmund

        FOR AN ACT ENTITLED, An Act to establish certain provisions regarding the opportunity scholarship program.
    Section 1. That chapter 13-55 be amended by adding a NEW SECTION to read:
     To be eligible for a South Dakota opportunity scholarship, a student receiving alternative instruction pursuant to § 13-27-3 shall:
            (1)    Be a resident of South Dakota and have a valid certificate of excuse pursuant to §§ 13-27-3 and 13-27-7;
            (2)    Have a composite score of 24, or higher, on the test administered by the American College Testing Program (ACT) or an equivalent score as determined by the Board of Regents on the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT). The student shall take the ACT or SAT test before beginning postsecondary education;
            (3)    Provide a transcript of completed comparable coursework issued by the parent or guardian listed on the certificate of excuse that meets the course requirements of § 13-55-31;
            (4)    Attend a university, college, or technical school that is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and that provides instruction from a campus located in South Dakota; and
            (5)    Enter into the program within five years of graduation from the end of a certificate of excuse or within one year of the student's release from active duty with an active component of the armed forces if the release is within five years of the end of the student's certificate of excuse. If a student attends full-time a regionally accredited university, college, or technical school located outside South Dakota and within two years following the end of the student's certificate of excuse or within two years following release from active military service returns to the state to attend full-time a regionally accredited university, college, or technical school, the student is eligible to receive a partial award.
    A student is eligible to participate in the South Dakota opportunity scholarship program for the equivalent of four academic years (eight consecutive spring and fall terms) or until the attainment of a baccalaureate degree, whichever comes first. However, the executive director of the Board of Regents may grant exceptions to the continuous enrollment requirements for good cause shown.
    A student who would have been eligible for the scholarship, but who applies after completing one or more semesters of full-time work at an accredited institution, may be admitted to the program only if the student has complied with the same credit hour requirements that would apply to program participants. Admission granted under these circumstances may

not be retroactive, and eligibility for participation in the program shall be reduced by one semester for each semester of work completed before admission to the program.

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