Some people on the South Dakota Board of Education want to write a new mission statement.
The reason is obvious.
They want to show they weren’t responsible for the stealing, followed by the lying and finally the killings connected to the Gear Up program.
No matter that the man who was running Gear Up was on the state Board of Education too.
He stepped aside after the six bodies were found in the ruins of the house fire at Platte last September. They were first shot to death.
He is one of two people now facing felony charges in state court for trying to cover up the misdealing. A third person is accused of being part of the thefts.
The question is whether the board even needs a mission statement.
South Dakota law assigns the responsibility for setting public education policy, rules and standards to the state board.
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