Noem signs order banning federal grants tied to Critical Race Theory
“Critical race theory has no place in South Dakota schools. These ideas are un-American. We are ‘one nation, under God, indivisible,’ yet critical race theory seeks to divide us based on inaccurate revisions to our nation’s history,” said Governor Kristi Noem. “Our students should learn America’s true history by studying both our triumphs and our mistakes. Only then will students learn that America remains the shining example of exceptionalism throughout the history of the world.”
Noem says that even though the U.S. Dept. of Education removed references to the 1619 Project and Ibram Kendi from American History and Civics National Activities Grants, the proposals still advocate teaching of critical race theory without calling it by name.
The South Dakota Department of Education is prohibited from applying for any federal grants in history or civics under Noem’s order.