PETER, SD- Today, Governor Kristi Noem signed HB 1012which prohibits colleges from requiring students and teachers to take training or guidance based on critical race theory.
“No student or teacher should have to endorse critical race theory to attend, graduate or teach at our public universities,” said Governor Noem. “The university must remain a place where freedom of thought and expression is encouraged, not stifled by political agendas.”
“This session we have also made targeted investments in skills training for key career areas like nursing and skilled manufacturing. We want our children and grandchildren to get the best training possible so they can occupy jobs available right here in South Dakota,” continued Governor Noah.
The Governor also signed into law the following 11 education bills:
- SB 42 authorizes the Board of Regents to enter into a contract for the design and construction of an addition to the University of South Dakota Wellness Center and grants credit therefor.
- CS 43 authorizes the Board of Regents to enter into a contract for the design, renovation and construction of an addition for a health sciences center at Black Hills State University–Rapid City and grants an appropriation therefor .
- CS 61 grants an appropriation to the Technical Education Council to support the purchase of simulation equipment for a clinical health sciences simulation center on the Southeast Technical College campus.
- SB-95 revise the provisions regarding the Teachers Compensation Review Board.
- SB-132 makes a credit for multimedia lab equipment at Black Hills State University.
- SB-133 grants credit to the Board of Regents to upgrade an education lab and purchase resources at Black Hills State University.
- SB-154 revises the criteria for the South Dakota Freedom Scholarship.
- SB-167 clarifies the certification process for teachers and school administrators.
- HB 1031grants a credit to the Council of Technical Education to construct state-of-the-art manufacturing laboratory space and classrooms on the campus of Lake Area Technical College.
- HB 1032 grants a credit to the Board of Technical Education to construct an agriculture and diesel power laboratory and multi-purpose space on the campus of Mitchell Technical College.
- HB 1119 revises the general state assistance formula to provide an adjustment for alternative education students participating in interscholastic activities.
Governor Noem has signed 192 bills and vetoed one this legislative session.