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South Dakota Education Equity Coalition

The South Dakota Education Equity Coalition (SDEEC) is excited to announce that it will become a stand-alone organization in 2022. The coalition is made up of stakeholders who are committed to giving parents and students the freedom to choose the learning environments that best fit their needs. South Dakota Education Equity Coalition was founded in 2019.

Since 2019, South Dakota Education Equity Coalition has focused on finding solutions that address the differences in educational outcomes between Native American students and other students in South Dakota. For example, 90% of students in the state complete high school, while only 54% of Native American students in the state complete high school. South Dakota Education Equity Coalition believes one way to address this and other educational disparities is to give Native American families and communities more choices. The coalition’s top priority is school choice legislation that gives Native American parents the freedom to address the academic needs of their kids.

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“We are excited to move forward in 2022 as our own entity. We welcome parents/guardians, educators, practitioners, advocates and community members to join us in this work. Together, we can promote more choice for Native American parents and kids,” said South Dakota Education Equity Coalition Executive Director Sarah White.

“It is paramount that Indigenous voices be represented and listened to in spaces and places regarding the education of all our children. The South Dakota Education Equity Coalition is an organization that is Indigenous-led, community-led, and is one of the powerhouse advocates for Indigenous education in the state of South Dakota. The NACA Inspired Schools Network is a proud partner of South Dakota Education Equity Coalition in being able to lift up and amplify Indigenous genius and innovation at a state level,” said Anpao Duta Flying Earth, Executive Director of NACA Inspired School Network.

South Dakota Education Equity Coalition Director of Community Engagement Cante Heart noted, “We are following in the footsteps of Indigenous educators by maintaining our voices for our children and generations to come.” The coalition is led by educators and parents of Indigenous students. The board of directors consists of champions of Indigenous education from various nations and communities.

For more information, log on to www.SDEducationEquity.org.

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