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Noem: Changes to social studies standards should be delayed

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem says she told the state Department of Education to delay changes to social studies standards up to one year to allow more people to weigh in on the recommendations.

Noem’s move on Monday follows recent calls by the South Dakota Education Equity Coalition for her to resign. Criticism was leveled at Noem after her administration removed numerous mentions of Native Americans and their culture from the standards.

The DOE reports that it has received nearly 600 public comments on the standards. A review of the comments show the majority are in opposition to the proposed standards.

 

September 21, 2021