SDEA Responds to Governor Noem’s State of the State Address


For Immediate Release
January 11, 2022

Pierre – The following statement can be attributed to South Dakota Education Association (SDEA) President Loren Paul in response to Governor Noem’s State of the State Address:

“No matter what we look like, where we live, or what is in our wallets, most of us want our public schools and educators to inspire imagination, cultivate critical thinking, and ensure our students can live fulfilling lives and thrive. Educators and parents agree that South Dakota must focus on having well-resourced schools where students have the freedom to learn with an education that prepares them for the future.

To prepare children for that future, we need to teach them both the good and the bad of our history so we can avoid making the same mistakes. Educators want to provide every student an accurate and quality education, but we need the tools and resources to do that. 

Instead of proposing divisive legislation that will only lead to state censorship of the lessons our children learn, we urge Governor Noem to work with South Dakota’s educators to make sure every school has the funding necessary to provide South Dakota’s students the education they deserve, which is an honest and accurate education that enables them to learn from the mistakes of our past to help create a better future.”