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MASSIVE WIN: GOP Gov. Kristi Noem signs major bill to stop Critical Race Theory in South Dakota colleges

On Monday, Republican Governor Kristi Noem signed a bill banning South Dakota public colleges and universities from using materials that pressure students to feel discomfort based on their race and ethnicity. The bill is intended to “protect students and employees at institutions of higher education from divisive concepts,” according to the legislation. 

Time and again Governor Noem has criticized critical race theory, an academic framework that centers on racism being a systemic part of the nation’s universities.

“No student or teacher should have to endorse Critical Race Theory in order to attend, graduate from, or teach at our public universities,” Noem’s release said. “College should remain a place where freedom of thought and expression are encouraged, not stifled by political agendas.” 

Along with the major HB 1012 bill, Governor Noem signed 11 other broad educational bills seeking funding for health sciences education materials, approval for new education infrastructure, and revisions to the review board of teacher’s compensation. 

“This session, we also made targeted investments in job training for key career fields like nursing and skilled manufacturing,” said Governor Noem. “We want our kids and grandkids to get the best training possible so that they can fill available jobs right here in South Dakota.”

Governor Noem has been a staunch advocate against COVID mandates and critical race theory since becoming Governor of South Dakota in 2019. Noem is currently one of the most popular conservative figures in the US and has been discussed as a potential Presidential or Vice Presidential candidate in 2024.

Prior to being elected Governor, Noem served as the US Representative from South Dakota’s at-large district for 8 years. Before that, Noem served for two terms in the South Dakota House of Representatives.

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