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South Dakota school district agrees confidential settlement

January 22, 2019

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The Brookings School District has reached a confidential settlement in a federal lawsuit brought by a student who was expelled for harassing teachers.

The Argus Leader reports that South Dakota state law permits government entities such as school districts to keep the terms of certain settlements private.

Other states and the federal government forbid the practice since government institutions are public bodies and payments often include taxpayer dollars.

The former student was removed for threatening teachers at two Brookings facilities. A federal judge ruled that she was denied due process during her six-week ban from one of them, and that the district didn’t adhere to its own policies regarding long-term suspensions.

South Dakota lawmakers have voted down bills in the last two legislative sessions that would have ended confidential settlements.

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Information from: Argus Leader, http://www.argusleader.com

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