State Lawmakers Tell Education Department Not to Apply for Federal Grants for History and Civics Classes | Legislature
Duba was the only lawmaker to vote against the letter and the only one to oppose it. She said she was shocked when the letter was published, which she said was newly added to the agenda despite submitting after the deadline, which was in early April.
“We’re trying to inject ourselves into education, and for me that’s not our job,” Duba said. “When I raised this question, the answer I got was that we could withhold funds [to influence policy]. “
The discussion began at the Interim Appropriations Committee meeting on May 11 when Senator Ryan Maher, R-Isabel, spoke about the possible implementation of Critical Race Theory in schools in his district.
Joint Credits Senior Co-Chair Senator Jean Hunhoff R-Yankton said she did not know what Critical Race Theory meant but had seen discussions about it unfold at the nationwide. She said the letter of intent simply raises questions about what exactly critical race theory entails, and since it is a new theory, the state should be careful about incorporating it into the classroom.
“We are part of the state and federal government dollar authorization process, so the letter states that before any decisions they have regarding receiving federal dollars they should have discussions with the Legislature.” regarding information on the theory, what are the implications for the state and the program, and with the governor’s civic task force, ”Hunhoff said.