Port: Head of major education lobbying group accuses lawmakers of ‘stupidity’ and calls some ‘extreme’


MINOT, N.D. — Per their website, “The North Dakota Council of Educational Leaders is the state professional association devoted exclusively to protecting educational leaders’ interests and making their interests known in all educational matters in North Dakota.”

This group represents the state’s school superintendents, principals, business officials, athletic directors, etc. It isn’t high profile in the public’s mind, but they have clout in Bismarck. They have members in every legislative district. Legislators listen to their local school officials on education policy.

So it’s newsworthy that, in a recent newsletter, the executive director of the NDCEL, Dr. Aimee Copas, ripped lawmakers for “stupidity” and called some “extreme” even as she simultaneously called for the cultivation of a better relationship with the elected officials.

When I reached her for comment, Copas denied calling any specific person stupid. You can read the newsletter and decide for yourselves.

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