EDITOR'S NOTE: While this list is extensive, it is not complete and will continue to be updated. Know of any legislation that's not on this list? Let us know here.
- If a transgender student in South Dakota was to sign up for a school sport, they could play on the team that matches their gender identity. However, if Senate Bill 49 passes, this policy would be reversed, and trans students would have to play for the team that corresponds to their biological sex.
- In addition, lawmakers – who have been in session since Jan. 8 – are considering legislation that would increase by half a unit the number of civics credits required for public high school students to graduate. A few other bills are already making their way through the legislature – one moves to subject homeschooled students to the same requirements as public and private school students when applying for an opportunity scholarship. Another bill, which passed through the state Senate, would give schools more leeway in deciding when to administer standardized tests.
- South Dakota’s legislature will likely discuss proposals around preschool program funding, which, unlike most states, doesn’t come from the state level in any capacity. It’s also possible the body will see a proposal related to increased funding for special education.