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South Dakota Gov.: ‘The science is clear, our kids need to be in school’

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As all fifty states debate plans to reopen schools, the South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has unveiled plans for in-person learning. She was on Fox and Friends on Wednesday morning and said that the “science is clear, our kids need to be in school.”

“It’s better for them, we got a lot of kids that haven’t checked in since virus hit, they need to be back in those classes,” continued Gov. Noem.

Responding to a question on when the kids are going back, Gov. Noem said that in South Dakota the kids are going back to school on time, and that “we have proven that distance learning is not that effective as being in the classroom.”

The Governor also addressed the issue of elderly teachers and how they could be impacted by this early reopening.

“We have fantastic teachers in South Dakota,” continued Gov. Noem. “Two-thirds of them are in the vulnerable population, so we are asking them to go back, and they really have a mission in their hearts to take care of these kids. They are also anxious to get back in their classrooms too.”

“For those that are older, or have pre-existing health conditions that make them vulnerable to the virus there are accommodations that can be made,” continued Gov. Noem.

Click here to watch the full interview of Gov. Kristi Noem on Fox News.

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NY to withhold funds from schools with Native American mascots

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Senior Deputy Commissioner James N. Baldwin sent a memo to all New York Empire State school districts stating the department has “consistently opposed” Native American mascots.

The memo cited a 2001 memorandum “conclud[ing] that the use of Native American symbols or depictions as mascots can become a barrier to building a safe and nurturing school community and improving academic achievement for all students.”

Not all district have complied with the 2001 memorandum, leading the state to determines that failure to comply can result in “the removal of school officers and the withholding of State Aid.”

“Schools are learning environments; students learn as much through observation of their surroundings as they do from direct instruction,” Baldwin concludes. “In addition to their legal obligations, boards of education that continue to utilize Native American mascots must reflect upon the message their choices convey to students, parents, and their communities.”

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 According to a court case regarding the district, a judge ruled that the school district not heeding the 2001 memorandum was an “abuse of discretion.” The department’s new memorandum takes that decision to mean that the argument that those mascots are “respectful” is “no longer tenable.”

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