Policy Map

South Dakota

School Choice Policy

Charter School Choice

Do state statutes allow for charter schools?

Are for-profit charters allowed?

Not Applicable

Is there a cap on the number of charter schools?

Not Applicable

Are charters required to provide transportation for any students?

Not Applicable

Can charter schools employ uncertified teachers?

Not Applicable

Virtual School Choice

Do state statutes allow for full-time virtual schools?

Unclear:

"The South Dakota virtual school shall provide choice accessibility, flexibility, quality, and equity in curricular offerings for students in the state."

We did not find a law in North Dakota statutes stating that students can attend the South Dakota virtual school full-time.

South Dakota Codified Laws §13-33-24 South Dakota Virtual School Created

Are virtual schools required to track attendance?

Did not find

Do virtual schools have to comply with state teacher certification requirements?

Did not find

Private School Choice

Do state statutes allow for voucher programs?

No:

No voucher programs found.

EdChoice School Choice in America

Do state statutes allow for educational expense tax credits or deductions?

No:

No educational expense tax credits or deductions found.

EdChoice School Choice in America

Can students use vouchers to attend religious schools?

Not Applicable

Is there a cap on the number of students or private schools participating in voucher programs?

Not Applicable

Are voucher students in private schools required to take any standardized tests?

Not Applicable

Can private schools be removed from voucher programs based on performance?

Not Applicable

Are private schools in voucher programs required to provide transportation?

Not Applicable

Interdistrict School Choice

Do state statutes allow for interdistrict choice?

Yes:

Yes, §13-28-21 states that the school board shall admit nonresident students to the public schools in the district when it can be done without injuring or overcrowding the schools.

Also, the Enrollment Options Programs was established to enable any South Dakota kindergarten through twelfth grade student to attend any public school that serves the student's grade level in any South Dakota school district

South Dakota Codified Laws §13-28-21 Admission of nonresident students
South Dakota Codified Laws §13-28-40 Enrollment Options Program

Are receiving schools or districts required to provide transportation to any students?

No:

The parent or guardian of a student who has been accepted for transfer is responsible for transporting the student to school in the receiving district without reimbursement.

South Dakota Codified Laws §13-28-45. Transportation of transfer student.

Page last updated: January 2020

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