Noem signs bill banning ‘dividing’ college running workouts |
PIERRE, SD (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem signed a bill Monday that she presented as a rejection of the so-called critical race theory, even if the legislation has a limited scope.
The law prohibits public universities in the state from using training and guidance materials that make people feel “uncomfortable” because of their race. The law project past the senate earlier this month.
“No student or teacher should have to endorse critical race theory to attend, graduate or teach at our public universities,” Noem’s statement said. “The university must remain a place where freedom of thought and expression is encouraged, not stifled by political agendas.”
Noem has repeatedly criticized critical race theory, an academic framework centered on the idea that racism is systemic in the nation’s institutions. The initiative signed on Monday does not prohibit higher education teachers from the teaching of these concepts in school education.
The actual text of the bill makes no mention of critical race theory. It sets out seven “dividing concepts” and prohibits universities from enrolling students or faculty members or promoting them to required training.
It was one of twelve education bills Noem signed into law on Monday. She has signed 192 bills in total and vetoed one this session.
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