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(SD)-Noem Promises Work To Tweak "Intellectual Diversity" Bill

By: John Axtell Posted at: 02/10/2019 10:19 PM
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem says officials will work on changes to a Republican-backed bill seeking to promote "intellectual diversity" on college campuses by, among other things, requiring outdoor areas as public forums and students to score at least 85% on the U-S citizenship test.
 
     The GOP governor for former congresswoman, in office just about a month, says she met Friday with Republican Rep. Sue Peterson, the sponsor, to discuss the proposal. 
 
       Noem says she believes the discussion has merit and that the state should strive for intellectual diversity on its campuses, but is worried the measure could increase costs for students.

    The Board of Regents opposes the bill, saying its existing policies already promote intellectual diversity.
 
       Peterson's bill prohibits university officials from discriminating against student organizations based on the views they express, and it requires students to take U-S history and government courses


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