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Governor Noem Signs Legislation to Empower Parental Choice in Education

PIERRE, S.D. – Today, Governor Kristi Noem signed Senate Bill 177 into law, which empowers parents who make the choice to educate their children at home.  


“Good education starts in the home with strong parents and strong families,” said Governor Kristi Noem. “For some kids, the home is the best environment for them to get an individualized education that fits their needs. This legislation will help parents set their children up for a lifetime of success. It will also give these students the opportunity to participate in activities, which may be the bridge that they need to get back in public school.”


Support for SB 177 brought huge numbers of parents and children from across South Dakota to the State Capitol. Photos of Governor Noem signing the legislation can be found here.


Governor Noem also signed two other bills into law:


  • SB 124 provides protections for the exercise of religious freedom.
  • SB 148 establishes the crime of torture of a human trafficking victim.


Governor Noem has signed 126 bills into law this legislative session.