Gov. Noem signs bill banning ‘divisive’ university race trainings
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has signed a bill she has promoted as a rejection of critical race theory, even though the legislation is limited in scope.
The law bans the state’s public universities from using training and orientation material that compels people to feel “discomfort” based on their race. The bill passed the Senate earlier this month.
The initiative signed Monday does not prohibit professors in higher education from teaching such concepts in academic instruction. The bill lays out seven “divisive concepts” and bans universities from making students or faculty members adhere to them or promoting them in required trainings.
It was one of a dozen education bills signed by Noem on Monday. She has inked 192 bills total into law and vetoed one this session.