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STATE: Board adopts new school library and world languages content standards

RAPID CITY, SD – The South Dakota Board of Education Standards adopted new academic content standards in the subject areas of School Library and World Languages at its meeting on March 28.

“Adopting state content standards is one of our primary roles as a board,” said Sue Aguilar, president of the South Dakota Board of Education Standards. “We review standards on a regular basis to ensure that the expectations we’re setting for our state’s students are relevant and rigorous.”

State law requires that the Board of Education Standards review academic content standards on a cyclical basis. In addition, the board is required to host four public hearings as part of the standards review process. The recent standards adoption came after the conclusion of the fourth public hearing on these content standards.

The standards were developed by work groups, whose members consisted of K-12 educators, postsecondary representatives and other key stakeholders, including parents.

Information on the newly adopted standards can be found at

The complete South Dakota Standards Revision and Adoption Timeline is available on the South Dakota Department of Education website.

NATIONAL: Trump’s budget proposal eliminates funding for Tribal Scholarships

President Donald J. Trump, in an effort to slash the US budget, proposed a $40,000 cut in scholarship money for Native students.

According to KNAU, an NPR affiliate in Flagstaff, AZ, “Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt says the budget proposal supports tribal self-determination and improves education services in Indian Country.”

Rose Graham, the director of the Navajo tribe’s Office of Scholarship and Financial Assistance, told KNAU that in 2017, “in 2017 nearly $10 million in federal funding went to partial scholarships for nearly 4,000 Navajo students.”

Graham sais Trumps cut would eliminate all of that funding for students.