FOR AN ACT ENTITLED, An Act to
create the South Dakota Virtual High School.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA:
There is created the South Dakota virtual high school. The South Dakota virtual
high school shall be under the control of the Department of Education. The South Dakota virtual
high school shall provide choice accessibility, flexibility, quality, and equity in curricular
offerings for high school-aged students in the state.
The South Dakota Virtual High School Advisory Council is established. The
council shall advise the Department of Education, the South Dakota Board of Education,
education-related organizations, and other education groups on issues related to distance
learning. The council shall meet quarterly with the Department of Education to discuss, develop,
and make recommendations for the promulgation of rules concerning policies that affect
The council shall consist of seven members appointed by the secretary of
education with broadly based representation from entities involved in virtual education efforts
Members of the council shall be appointed for two-year terms, except that four
of the members of the initial council shall be appointed to two-year terms, and three of the
members of the initial council shall be appointed for one year. All subsequent appointments
shall be for terms of two years. Any vacancy on the council that occurs before the incumbent's
term has expired shall be filled by appointment to serve the remainder of the unexpired term.
The number of terms that a council member may serve is not limited.
The Department of Education may promulgate rules pursuant to chapter 1-26 to
coordinate course offerings by the South Dakota virtual high school, to award course credits
earned by students taking classes from the South Dakota virtual high school, to establish fees
or rates for school districts participating in the South Dakota virtual high school, and to establish
criteria for school districts to participate in the South Dakota virtual high school.