South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) signed a bill into law Monday banning public colleges and universities in the state from using “divisive” Critical Race Theory-inspired trainings or orientations.
“No student or teacher should have to endorse Critical Race Theory in order to attend, graduate from, or teach at our public universities,” Noem said in a statement. “College should remain a place where freedom of thought and expression are encouraged, not stifled by political agendas.”
House Bill 1012 outlines seven “divisive concepts” that may no longer be a mandatory part of trainings and orientations for college students or faculty members.
The Board of Regents, the Board of Technical Education and any institution under their control is prohibited from teaching, advocating for, acting upon or promoting that an individual is inherently superior or inferior, or should be discriminated against, based on their race, color, religion, sex, ethnicity or national origin.
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