SD Senate passes ban on ‘divisive’ university race trainings

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Republicans in the South Dakota Senate have passed a proposal from Gov. Kristi Noem to ban public universities from using training and orientation material that compels people to feel “discomfort” based on their race.

The bill’s passage on a 27-8 vote was its final major hurdle in the Legislature. It lays out seven “divisive concepts” and bans universities from making students or faculty members adhere to them or promoting them in required trainings.

Noem has billed the proposal as a repudiation of so-called “critical race theory.”

But critics warn it will put a chill on academic freedom.

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