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South Dakota Republican Gov. Kristi Noem signed an executive order on Thursday that bans the state’s Department of Education from applying for 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,” Noem said in a statement. “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,” she added. The statement noted, “At the urging of South Dakota Secretary of Education Tiffany Sanderson, South Dakota State Historian Ben Jones, and others, the US Department of Education removed all references to the 1619 Project and Ibram Kendi from their American History and Civics-National Activities Grants.” Despite the changes, the statement said the problems did not go away. “The revised proposals from the US Department of Education still advocate critical race theory in all but name,” Noem continued.

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