Tag Archives: Education

Bismarck police Officer Preston McKay, the school resource officer at Century High School, stands in the hallway in May 2018 as the class final bell rings and students leave at the end of the day. Mike McCleary, Bismarck Tribune

Guest Post: In Defense of School Resource Officers

Guest Post: In Defense of School Resource Officers

This guest post was submitted by Josh Brown, a school resource officer working for the Bismarck Police Department and president of the North Dakota Association of School Resource Officers. As the President of the North Dakota Association of School Resource Officers (NDASRO), I feel it is my duty to the schools and first responder agencies

Print Column: Suicide Is a Bigger Threat Than Shootings for North Dakota’s Kids

MINOT, N.D. — A majority of students in North Dakota, some 53%, attend a school at which there is a police presence. Far more students in our state, some 74%, attend a school that fails to achieve the student-to-counselor ratio recommended by national organizations like the American School Counselor Association. Those numbers are from a

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

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.

Annette Tait / Special to Forum News Service

Guest Post: Thank You to North Dakota Lawmakers for Supporting Music Education

This guest post was submitted by Sara Baumann, President; Mark Herold, President-Elect; Brian Saylor, Immediate Past-President; and Lindsey Tafelmeyer, Executive Director of the North Dakota Music Educators Association North Dakota values music education. This past session, the legislature doubled down on its commitment to the importance of music in our public schools by investing $800,000,

Diane Luttschwager reads to a class at Hagan Elementary School in Williston on the first day of school in 2013. Forum News Service Photo by Amy Dalrymple

Print Column: North Dakota Teachers Are Spending Millions on Their Own Supplies and It’s Ridiculous

MINOT, N.D. — Most school teachers have to buy supplies for their classrooms with money from their own pockets. It’s happening nationally. In a study released in 2018 the U.S. Department of Education found 94 percent of teachers had gone out of pocket for things they needed for the classroom, with the average amount coming in at

Gov. Doug Burgum spoke at the Governor's Summit on Innovative Education on Thursday, Aug. 15, in Jamestown, N.D. Over 500 educators signed up for the two-day event. Emma Beyer / The Forum

North Dakota Needs Workers, but Those Workers Need Shakespeare

Last year I was invited to participate in a campus dialogue event at Minot State University. The event was titled, “Should We Chuck Shakespeare Out of the Tower? Considering the Role of the Liberal Arts in our 21st Century Educational Climate,” a topic inspired by the push toward career-driven higher education. The event organizers were expecting me

West Fargo's Willow Park Elementary School Forum file photo

Report: North Dakota Leading the Nation in Growing School Spending and It’s Not Even Close

Education is important, and because it’s important, we spend a lot of time debating education. And the bulk of that debate is how much we ought to be spending on education. If you follow political debates long enough, you begin to learn there are certain assumptions made about education budgets. Because they’re for the children,

Red River seniors react to a tribute video during commencement in Grand Forks in 2017. Eric Hylden / Forum News Service

North Dakota Among States With Biggest Drop in Higher Education Enrollment, and Maybe That’s Not a Bad Thing

“College enrollment in the U.S. has decreased for the eighth consecutive year, according to new data released Thursday by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center,” Inside Higher Ed reports. “The report covers 97 percent of enrollments at degree-granting postsecondary institutions that are eligible to receive federal financial aid.” You can read the entire NSCRC report here. “Alaska, Florida,

Plain Talk: Students Going to Class in a Closet?

Williston Herald editor Jamie Kelly said he didn’t believe the stories about students in his local school district attending class in what were once closets. But then he saw it with is own eyes. The problem? The state’s funding mechanism for local school districts, combined with western North Dakota’s low population density, has created some

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)

Roscoe Streyle: North Dakota Won’t Be the Best Place for Education if We Don’t Make the Investments

This guest post was submitted by Minot resident Roscoe Streyle who served in the state House from 2011 to 2018. What are the Governor, Legislature, ND University System (NDUS) or the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) doing to improve the educational delivery system, content, educational opportunities and the learning experience for North Dakota students?  What are they

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