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State of South Dakota
LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY, 2017
SENATE BILL NO. 155
Introduced by: Senators Sutton, Frerichs, Heinert, Kennedy, and Nesiba and Representatives
Bartling, Ahlers, Bordeaux, Hawley, Lesmeister, McCleerey, Ring, Smith,
Soli, and Wismer
FOR AN ACT ENTITLED, An Act to establish an early childhood education pilot program and
to make an appropriation therefor.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA:
Section 1. That the code be amended by adding a NEW SECTION to read:
There is hereby established the early childhood education pilot program in the Department
of Education for the purpose of supporting pre-kindergarten programs. For the purposes of this
program, an eligible student is:
(1) A child who is three or four years of age; and
(2) A child who is not participating in the head start program.
Section 2. That the code be amended by adding a NEW SECTION to read:
The secretary of the Department of Education shall select schools to participate in the pilot
program established in section 1 of this Act among schools that apply for consideration. The
secretary of the Department of Education shall promulgate rules, pursuant to chapter 1-26,
establishing the application process and timeline. A participating school shall receive an
allotment of two thousand five hundred dollars for each eligible student enrolled in a pre-kindergarten program administered by the school. The Department of Education shall consider
the following criteria when selecting schools to participate in the program:
(1) If the pre-kindergarten program is taught by individuals with a birth through
preschool education endorsement;
(2) If other public pre-kindergarten or head start services are available in the community;
(3) If the pre-kindergarten program follows the South Dakota early learning guidelines.
Section 3. There is hereby appropriated from the general fund the sum of five million dollars
($5,000,000), or so much thereof as may be necessary, to the Department of Education for the
early childhood education pilot program.
Section 4. The secretary of the Department of Education shall approve vouchers and the
state auditor shall draw warrants to pay expenditures authorized by this Act.
Section 5. Any amounts appropriated in the Act not lawfully expended or obligated shall
revert in accordance with procedures prescribed in chapter 4-8.