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South Dakota education legislation being shaped by national politics

South Dakota education legislation being shaped by national politics

The extent to which countrywide political movements sway South Dakota’s legislative priorities was not often far more apparent than through a Property Instruction Committee listening to in Pierre in early February 2022.

On the agenda was Household Bill 1337, just one of various education measures introduced by Gov. Kristi Noem to hold vital race concept and “inherently divisive concepts” out of state classrooms, in this situation by shielding elementary and secondary college students from “political indoctrination” via race-based heritage, social science and civics.

Soon after remarks by Allen Cambon, one particular of Noem’s senior plan advisors, committee users listened to remotely from Stanley Kurtz, a conservative commentator and senior fellow at the Ethics and General public Plan Center in Washington, D.C. Kurtz was nicely-positioned to testify because much of the bill instantly matched language from “The Partisanship Out of Civics Act,” model laws he drafted in early 2021 to aid Republican-led statehouses struggle against public schools starting to be what he termed “playthings of the Still left.”

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