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Do We Elect Politicians To Govern, Or To Appoint Boards And Commissions?

Do We Elect Politicians To Govern, Or To Appoint Boards And Commissions?

According to opinion editor Tom Dennis at the Grand Forks Herald, what higher education in North Dakota needs is Commission on Higher Education Governance that will report to the legislature how higher education should be governed. Of course, North Dakota has already tried this. In 1999 the Roundtable on Higher Education was formed. In 2000

Why Did North Dakota's Ag Commissioner Pick A Fight Over Raw Milk?

The North Dakota House today voted to approve an amendment to what was otherwise a routine rubber-stamping of federal dairy regulations originating in the Senate which would begin the regulation of cow-sharing programs. Under current law, milk producers cannot sell raw milk directly, but a loophole allows people to drink milk from a cow they

North Dakota House Votes To Close Off Some Crash Report Data To Open Records Request

In it’s original form, SB2310 would have closed off all traffic crash reports to open records request. Today the House considered an amended version of the bill which is less bad – it only closed off personal data like dates of birth, addresses, and drivers license numbers from open records – but still a move

North Dakota University Employee Accuses Shirvani Of Cooking Data

A North Dakota University System employee is accusing embattled Chancellor Hamid Shirvani of asking her to manipulate data set to be presented to a legislative committee tomorrow. But the accusation has more to do with muddying the waters around what are some very, very ugly performance numbers for the state’s universities than anything Shirvani has

SAB On Television: School Choice And Higher Ed

Chris Berg was kind enough to invite me on to his 6:30 POV program again last night opposite John Strand of the High Plains Reader. It was a fun discussion covering higher education issues and school choice bills. Valley News Live – KVLY/KXJB – Fargo/Grand Forks Strand said my complaints about the anti-Catholic religious bigotry

Only The Government Could Lose Money Selling Booze To Football Fans

From the “you can’t make this stuff up” department: The University of Minnesota lost almost $16,000 last year on alcohol sales at home football games, despite selling more than $900,000 worth of beer and wine. The school released the figures to the Associated Press after a records request, which showed it incurred significant expenses from

Bureaucracy Trumps Morality: Nurse Lets Woman Die Because Of Policy Prohibiting CPR

Yesterday news broke of a nurse at a California nursing home who let an elderly woman die rather than perform CPR on her despite pleas from a 911 operator begging the nurse, or anyone standing by, to perform the procedure. Here’s the back story, and the heart-breaking audio of the 911 call: The idea of

Video: ND House Kills School Choice Bill

HB1466, introduced by Rep. Mark Dosch (listen to my interview with him here) was a school choice bill that would have allowed parents choosing a qualified public school to get 25% of their child’s share of public school funding sent by the state to the school of their choice. “It does not take away any

ND Senate Pumps A Little More Air Into The Higher Ed Bubble

One of the biggest mistakes we’ve made as a nation is assuming that subsidizing tuition – be it through low-interest, government-backed loans or grants and scholarships – would help make higher education more affordable. That’s not the case. The more money the government makes available to subsidize tuition, the higher tuition goes. So what the

Baesler, Poolman Make A Weak Case For Early Childhood Education

President Barack Obama is making a push for universal preschool nationally, and here in North Dakota a couple of Republicans have a similar agenda. North Dakota Superintendent of Public Schools Kirsten Baesler and state Senator Nicole Poolman are calling for more funding for early childhood education. The state House stripped a $5 million appropriation for

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