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Gallup: North Dakotans Have Most Positive Views Of Public Education In The Nation

Gallup: North Dakotans Have Most Positive Views Of Public Education In The Nation

Gallup surveyed residents of all fifty states about their perceptions of their state’s public education system. The research organization asked about the quality of education, and whether schools are adequately preparing students for the workforce. North Dakota came out on top for each question, which is probably good news for state Superintendent Kirsten Baesler who is

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North Dakota Superintendent Kirsten Baesler Officially Announces Re-Election Bid

It’s been a rough first term for North Dakota Superintendent Kirsten Baesler. After getting the NDGOP endorsement in 2012 (the parties endorse a candidate even though the office is officially non-partisan) she cruised to an easy victory over Tracy Potter with 55 percent of the vote. Since then, though, Baesler has had to navigate the

Not Every Education Problem Can Be Fixed By Giving Teachers A Raise

A couple of weeks back Superintendent Kirsten Baesler announced a proposal to address chronic teacher shortages in the state, and frankly it was a breath of fresh air. Succinctly, Baesler wants to crack open the door to letting people with subject matter expertise – “community experts” is the term being used – but who lack

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North Dakota Task Force On Student Assessments Will Include Common Core Critics

North Dakota Superintendent of Public Schools Kirsten Baesler has announced the membership of a 33-strong task force to address student assessments in the state. The formation of the task force comes after a bruising debate in the Legislature over controversial Common Core standards, and a rocky rollout of Smarter Balanced Assessment testing at the end

North Dakota Attorney Contradicts Himself In Argument Against Common Core Lawsuit

Back in June a group of opponents of the controversial Common Core standards, a group including state Rep. Bob Skarphol (R-Tioga), filed a lawsuit arguing that the State of North Dakota entered into an unconstitutional interstate compact when it embraced the policy. Interstate compacts are allowed by the states, but must be ratified by Congress,

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Love Or Hate Common Core, Lawsuit Challenging It Is No Sham

Today the Fargo Forum, in its typically intemperate and hyperbolic fashion, slams a lawsuit filed by Common Core opponents challenging the legality of North Dakota’s participation in the Smarter Balanced Consortium. The Forum bellyaches about the involvement of the Thomas More Law Center. “The suit features a not-too-clever facade of local origination because plaintiffs include a state legislator

Lawsuit Filed Challenging North Dakota's Involvement In Common Core

A group of citizens, and one state lawmaker, have filed a lawsuit challenging the legality of North Dakota’s participation in the Smarter Balanced Consortium, the group charged with implementing Common Core standards in states contracting with it. The group includes Bismarck-based activist Steve Cates, Rep. Bob Skarphol (R-Tioga), Catherine Cartier, and Charles Cartier. “The suit asserts

Critics Worried Common Core Task Force Won't Include Opposition Voices From Legislature

You can’t always get what you want, the Rolling Stones tell us, but sometimes you get what you need. I believe that’s where the passionate and energetic opponents of Common Core find themselves heading into the 2015-2017 legislative interim. They lost a bruising battle in the legislature over bills that would have, among other things,

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Superintendent Kirsten Baesler Stuck Between Hatred And Ambivalence Heading Into 2016

With the 2015 legislative session behind us the rumor mills are grinding away about who will and will not be running in 2016. State Auditor Bob Peterson is expected to announce his retirement later this year, and there will be many retirements in the state Legislature particularly among Republican lawmakers, but perhaps the biggest buzz

North Dakota's Common Core Roll Out Couldn't Be Going Any Worse

When you’re an embattled statewide elected official trying to roll out testing for a hugely controversial education initiative that was the subject of a bruising political fight at the state legislature what’s the last thing you want to happen? Computer glitches. That’s the last thing you want to happen. Apparently things are so bad federal