Republican Governor Kristi Noem has opened a hotline for complaints about South Dakota colleges and is calling on the state’s board of higher education to ban drag shows, it said. she announced on Friday.
In a letter to the South Dakota Board of Regents, Noem said the states allowed “liberal ideologies to poison their colleges and universities.”
“On campuses across the country, students have learned the importance of diversity and equity and have had access to ‘safe spaces’ instead of learning to tolerate disagreement, discomfort and dissent. they’ll experience in the real world,” Noem wrote.
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She called on the colleges’ board of supervisors to increase graduation rates, remove references to ‘preferred pronouns’ in school materials, cut administrative costs and ensure universities don’t accept money from China.
A request for comment from the Associated Press to the regents was not immediately returned on Friday.
Noem presented the hotline to the Regents as a way to “hold our institutions accountable – and to ensure that we are all aware of what is happening at our taxpayer-funded colleges and universities”. She wrote that information gathered from the hotline will guide policy changes.
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“As I work with our Board of Trustees and Technical Education Council to chart our path to higher education, we are giving students, faculty and parents this tool to help them voice their concerns so that ‘they can be resolved,” Noem said in a statement.
Republican Tim Rave, former speaker of the South Dakota House and appointed by Noem, leads the Board of Regents. Noem recently named two new board members: Jim Lochner, formerly of Tyson Foods, and Doug Morrison, the former head of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.
On Friday, Noem said she plans to book more appointments soon.
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In December, the Board of Regents ordered a review of college campus events and its policy on minors attending after a drag show at South Dakota State University was criticized by lawmakers. conservatives for being advertised as family-friendly.