In the "We Don't Do That Already?" Department, the Legislative Planning Committee offers House Bill 1011, a bill to help our technical schools promote themselves the same way our public universities do.
Since 2002, state law has required South Dakota school districts to provide lists of the names and mailing addresses of their students in grades 7 through 12 to the Board of Regents. The Regents then use that information "inform the parents and guardians of any such student in any public middle school and high school about the courses needed to prepare for postsecondary-level work and about the benefits of such preparation."
Somebody must have noticed that the vo-techs don't get that valuable mailing list of their primary market. Somebody must have also noticed that granting that favor to our universities doesn't fit with Governor Dennis Daugaard's support for vo-tech education.
Thus, HB 1011 thus directs the school districts to CC those mailing lists to the Secretary of Education, who is to forward those lists to Southeast, Lake Area, Mitchell, and Western Dakota, who are then to use that information the same way the Regents do.
Just as I can see some folks surprised we don't already do that, I can imagine some of my conservative friends raising an eyebrow and asking why we're letting the schools hand out this information to anyone, Regental or otherwise. The law already removes from the distribution list any child whose parents have opted out of directory information sharing. But I'm counting on the folks alarmed by data collection provisions of Common Core to grab HB 1011, hoghouse it, and ban the distribution of student information to anyone!