Reduced federal grant allocations partially restored
Districts that were notified back in October of a reduction to their school year 2011-12 ESEA Title I Part A, ESEA Title II Part A and IDEA Part B Section 611 grant allocations can expect to see some of the cut funds returned to their allocation. >>> LEARN MORE.

More information on Personal Finance Standards released
Personal Finance Standards were adopted by the South Dakota Board of Education in July 2011.

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February is National Career and Technical Education Month
It's Career and Technical Education Month across the country, and to help celebrate, Governor Daugaard has proclaimed Tuesday, Feb. 7, as Career and Technical Student Organization Day in South Dakota.

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New census estimates released, affect federal allocations

The U.S. Census Bureau recently released the Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates, or SAIPE, for income year 2010. The SAIPE includes school district level populations and poverty counts for children ages 5-17. These school district level estimates will be included in the formulas used to calculate allocations for the school year 2012-13 Title I Part A program. The school district estimates are available on the Census Bureauís SAIPE website.

A school district can challenge the Census Bureau SAIPE estimates if it believes an estimate is incorrect. Information on the challenge procedures and an explanation on how the SAIPE counts are obtained can also be found on the Census Bureauís SAIPE website. The challenge period for the 2010 estimates ends Feb. 27, 2012. Any challenge should be made directly to the Census Bureau, as the South Dakota Department of Education has no control over these estimates.