The civics education update has its funding through the first chamber of the legislature.
On a 63-5 vote, House members passed House Bill 1279, which appropriates $900,000 for the development of civics curriculum and resources.
The proposed one-time funding of $900,000 would go to four areas of the review and development of civics education, including:
- Creating instructional materials and resources related to South Dakota history, government and geography for schools in the state to utilize, if they choose;
- A pilot program for schools to implement new civics programs, if they choose;
- An instructional materials review;
- Teacher professional development.
The civics standards will be reviewed this year by a committee comprised of multiple members, which you can learn how to apply to be a member of here, and presented to the State Board of Education for review and approval.