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South Dakota BOES Passes Highly Contested Social Studies Standards

(Pierre, SD) — The South Dakota Board of Education Standards is moving forward with new social studies standards. The board passed the standards yesterday after four public hearings. Governor Noem heavily backed the new standards and applauded the vote. A majority of South Dakota educators and the state’s nine tribes opposed the standards, saying they weren’t age-appropriate and didn’t have enough emphasis on Indigenous history. The two-year implementation period begins in June and the standards will start being taught to students as soon as the 2025-26 school year.

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