State of North Dakota secondary Archives: on Education
Kids can't prepare for 21st century using 19th-century model
With the world's information now available for free online, Burgum said educators, parents, businesses, community organizations and legislators must all play a role in transforming the education system. It's not enough for students to do well on
traditional measures, Burgum said. The challenge is how to equip them with the skills and mindsets they need to be creative problem solvers & effective communicators. "We can't prepare our kids for the 21st century using a 19th-century model," he said.
Source: Press release on 2017 North Dakota State of the State speech
Feb 8, 2017
Maintain investment in schools despite financial crunch
Nelson was critical the actions of state lawmakers during the special session, characterizing it as 'kicking the can down the road.' He addressed concerns over how to preserve academic programs across North Dakota, as the state continues to face the
billion dollar shortfall.
"There's some things we've made huge investments in that we don't want to lose that investment in just cause of a relatively short-term financial crunch;" Nelson noted that would be "throwing the baby out with the bathwater."
Source: KFYR-TV on 2016 North Dakota Gubernatorial race
Aug 12, 2016
Accelerate efforts to raise outcomes for all students
Our North Dakota education system, which needs to serve a significant rural as well as increasing urban population, will need to accelerate its efforts to raise outcomes to
ensure students of all ages have the skills they need to be competitive in a global economy.
Source: Recode.net on 2016 North Dakota gubernatorial race
Jan 31, 2016
Achieved long-sought goal of 70% funding from state
Senate bill 2200, passed in 2007, laid to rest the issue of equity in school funding. In 2009, House bill 1400 addressed the issue of adequacy and brought us to the long-sought goal of 70% funding from state resources. This measure joined
with another breakthrough piece of legislation to reduce a school districts' reliance on local property taxes through a reduction of 75 mills in the general fund levy. This reduced the bill to local taxpayers by an average of 18%.
Source: 2011 State of the State speech to North Dakota legislature
Jan 4, 2011
Deregulate homeschooling for parents with H.S. diplomas
Sen. Potter voted NO on HB 1171. The bill passed the Senate 27-10.
Synopsis: Vote to authorize parents who received a high school diploma to home school their children without oversight from a licensed teacher, whereas existing law requires parents to
have received at least a bachelors degree.
Authorizes parents without a high school diploma to home school their children, provided they adhere to the requirements previously established by existing law, including the oversight of a licensed teacher.
Source: North Dakota Legislative voting records
Apr 6, 2009
Voted NO on Home School Deregulation
Potter voted NO on HB 1171: Vote to pass a bill that authorizes parents who received a high school diploma to home school their children without oversight from a licensed teacher, whereas existing law requires parents to have received at least a
bachelors degree. Highlights:
Source: North Dakota voting records (VoteSmart Synopsis)
Apr 6, 2009
- Increases the minimum number of credits of high school coursework necessary for a home schooled student to receive a high school diploma from 21 credits to 22 credits beginning with the 2009-2010 school year and
24 credits beginning with the 2011-2012 school year.
- Authorizes parents without a high school diploma to home school their children, provided they adhere to the requirements previously established by existing law
for parents who received a high school diploma, including the oversight of a licensed teacher.
- Bill Passed Senate 27--20; Bill passed House Concurrence Vote Passed: 51--38 .
Moment of silence, or prayer, ok in public schools
Q: Do you support voluntary prayer in public schools?
Q: Do you support a moment of silence in public schools?
Source: Gubernatorial North Dakota 2008 Political Courage Test
Nov 1, 2008
Supports charter schools; schools choice; & private funding
Stenehjem indicated support of the following principles regarding North Dakota's education system:
Source: 1996 North Dakota National Political Awareness Test
Nov 1, 1996
- Increase state funds for professional development and salaries of public school faculty.
Encourage private or corporate investment in certain public school programs.
- Implement charter schools where teachers and other professionals receive state authorization and funding to establish new schools.
Emphasize local control of education as long as the school district meets state health and safety standards.
Support a school choice program which allows parents to choose which public school their child(ren) should attend.
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