DAKOTA VALLEY, South Dakota (KTIV) – A new law requires South Dakota schools to display the motto, “In God We Trust.”
The law was passed in March.
The national motto since the 50’s, “In God We Trust,” must be featured in common areas such as entry ways or cafeterias.
The placement and display is up to each school, but it must be at least 12-inches tall by 12-inches wide.
The Dakota Valley School District Superintendent says although the law has caused controversy, nationally, it has not been an issue for South Dakota.
“We just kinda have to see if that’s something that is a conversation in South Dakota or not as far as if its a violating separation of church and state. The legislation does have in place that if a school is sued over it that the South Dakota attorney general would have to litigate the law suit,” said Dr. Jerry Rasmussen.
The Dakota Valley District features signs in the entry ways of schools.