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Mary Stark Elementary School second-grade student Chase Gumeringer uses an iPad with his classmates in teacher Tammy Bopp’s room in Mandan in 2016. (MIKE MCCLEARY, BISMARCK TRIBUNE)

North Dakota’s Public School Enrollment Has Increased 18 Percent in a Decade, but Spending Has Increased More Than 67 Percent

North Dakota’s Public School Enrollment Has Increased 18 Percent in a Decade, but Spending Has Increased More Than 67 Percent

Education is a priority for North Dakotans, which is why our state spends a lot on it. With a population of just over 760,000, North Dakota has no fewer than 11 institutions of higher education. Even after dramatic post-oil-boom spending cuts, we’re #8 in the nation when it comes to per-student spending on higher education.

North Dakota State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler speaks to reporters on Wednesday, April 2, 2019, concerning a "family engagement cabinet." Jack Dura / Bismarck Tribune

DPI Spokesman Calls State Auditor “Unprofessional” and “Ridiculous” While Defending School Bus Inspection Language on Website

Yesterday state Auditor Josh Gallion’s office released a report focusing on the Department of Public Instruction and school bus inspections. “State Auditor Joshua Gallion today released an audit of the North Dakota Highway Patrol which shows from July 2016 through June 2018, the agency was not following internal policies for school bus inspections, was inaccurately

North Dakota Teacher Shortage May Not Be As Bad As Reported

“North Dakota’s shortage of teachers has gotten worse, with the highest number of unfilled posts in a decade, and a provision that would have allowed ‘community experts’ to take on educational roles appears to have failed,” the Associated Press reported earlier this week. The number cited by the AP and other media outlets for the

USDA Program Loophole Has Taxpayers Providing A "Free Lunch" For Pretty Much Everyone

The website for the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program states it “ensures that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session.” But what if I told you that at 65 locations across the state – mostly at parks and churches – the taxpayers are feeding kids and even grownups regardless of

Superintendent Kirsten Baesler Is Not Resigning

This morning I woke up to a flood of emails and other messages from SAB readers alerting me to the fact that over night Superintendent Kirsten Baesler’s job status on Facebook switched from Superintendent of Public Instruction to former Superintendent of Public Instruction. Baesler is in the midst of a scandal over an alleged assault on her

Bismarck Schools Sent Police To Home Of Alleged Kirsten Baesler Victim

Last night I appeared on Chris Berg’s 6:30 Point of View program on Valley News Live in Fargo to discuss the arrest of Superintendent Kirsten Baesler for allegedly assaulting her fiancee. My segment was basically a review of what I’ve reported here on the blog so far. Today I can add more details to the

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