South Dakota Senate Fails to Protect K-12 Students from CRT

Governor Kristi Noem has been one of the leading national figures in opposing Critical Race Theory and political indoctrination in American classrooms. In addition to being the first candidate in America to sign our 1776 Pledge, she signed two executive orders and introduced two bills aimed at protecting South Dakota’s public schools, including K-12 and higher education.

However, while her bills passed overwhelmingly in the South Dakota House, 20 Senators killed the K-12 effort on the final day of the legislative session. This will leave South Dakota’s public primary and secondary schools exposed in a way they should not be.

This fight is not over – there are battles to be won at the school board level, for example – but this Senate vote is a major setback for every South Dakotan who believes in education over indoctrination.

Below is a list of how every Senator voted. YEA means they voted to fight CRT, and NAY means they chose not to act.

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Jim Bolin (R – District 16): NAY
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Bryan Breitling (R – District 23): NAY
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Gary Cammack (R – District 29): YEA
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Jessica Castleberry (R – District 35): YEA
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Casey Crabtree (R – District 08): YEA
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Blake Curd (R – District 12): NAY
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Michael Diedrich (R – District 34): NAY
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Helene Duhamel (R – District 32): NAY
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Mary Duvall (R – District 24): NAY
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Red Dawn Foster (D – District 27): NAY
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Julie Frye-Mueller (R – District 30): YEA
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Brock Greenfield (R – District 02): YEA
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Troy Heinert (D – District 26): NAY
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Jean Hunhoff (R – District 18): NAY
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Timothy Johns (R – District 31): NAY
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David Johnson (R – District 33): NAY
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Joshua Klumb (R – District 20): YEA
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Jack Kolbeck (R – District 13): YEA
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Ryan Maher (R – District 28): NAY
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Reynold Nesiba (D – District 15): NAY
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Al Novstrup (R – District 03): YEA
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Herman Otten (R – District 06): YEA
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Michael Rohl (R – District 01): NAY
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Arthur Rusch (R – District 17): NAY
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Lee Schoenbeck (R – District 05): YEA
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Kyle Schoenfish (R – District 19): NAY
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V.J. Smith (R – District 07): NAY
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Jim Stalzer (R – District 11): YEA
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Wayne Steinhauer (R – District 09): NAY
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Maggie Sutton (R – District 10): YEA
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Marsha Symens (R – District 25): YEA
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Erin Tobin (R – District 21): YEA
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David Wheeler (R – District 22): NAY
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John Wiik (R – District 04): YEA
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Larry Zikmund (R – District 14): NAY
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