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Draft social studies standards drawing criticism | Aug 18

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Voices across South Dakota are responding to a new set of draft social studies standards for schools. The controversy began last year when the state Department of Education altered a committee's proposed standards. The alterations removed some references to Native Americans. Governor Kristi Noem responded to the controversy by appointing a new committee.

Senator John Thune says the CHIPS and Science Act included too much federal spending to gain his support. President Biden signed the bill into law last week. It authorizes $53 billion for computer chip manufacturing and research.

A new meatpacking plant  planned for Sioux Falls has the support of regional hog farmers, but a November ballot measure requires approval from city voters.

Rapid City school board members heard concerns at a Tuesday meeting about whether the district can sustain an existing Lakota immersion program. The board took no official vote, however a lack of qualified teaching candidates for open positions appears to mean an end to the program - for now.

A South Dakota man convicted of killing his wife’s grandmother after assaulting his wife has been sentenced to life in prison. Mitch Caffee, of Wessington Springs, was originally charged with two dozen felony counts in the October 2021 incident.

And more.

Megan hosts All Things Considered and the SDPB News podcast.