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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)

Why Do We Have a Double Standard for Diversity in Education?

Why Do We Have a Double Standard for Diversity in Education?

Over the weekend my colleague Helmut Schmidt published an article about the lack of gender diversity in leadership positions in our schools in this region. But what caught my eye was that another lack of diversity was, while mentioned, not identified as a similar sort of problem: About 72 percent of all K-12 educators are

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Supreme Court Ruling Could Have Big Implications for School Choice Policy in North Dakota

For years now proponents of school choice here in North Dakota have proposed policies which would direct, through one mechanism or another, public dollars to private schools. Essentially different iterations of school choice policy, where public dollars follow students to whatever schools their parents choose be they public or private. The roadblock to implementing this

The current Woodrow Wilson High School is housed at Agassiz in south Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum News Service

Don’t Erase Ugly History, Teach It

There is a controversy in Fargo over the name of Woodrow Wilson High School. Wilson was a Democratic president and an early luminary of the progressive movement. He presided over the implementation of a host of progressive policy priorities including the Federal Trade Commission, the Federal Reserve Act, the Clayton Antitrust Act, the Federal Farm

We Shouldn’t Force Students to Read the Federalist Papers

Today HB1337, introduced by Rep. Mike Schatz (R-New England), got a hearing in the Senate Education Committee (it passed a floor vote in the House last month on a narrow 47-42 vote). It’s a simple piece of legislation. It would make the Federalist Papers required reading for North Dakota students. I get why Schatz introduced

State Senator Janne Myrdal, a Republican from District 10, argues in favor of her bill allowing local school boards to waive weather make up days.

Video: Should School Boards Have to Ask the Governor to Waive Weather Make up Days?

“I did not think this one would be that controversial,” state Senator Janne Myrdal (R-District 10) said of her bill, SB2220, during a floor debate. I didn’t think it would be controversial either. The change is pretty simple. Under current law if a school wants to waive the obligation to make up days lost due

North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum applauds members of law enforcement during his State of the State address to the legislature January 3, 2017.

Video: Burgum Plugs Bing, Promotes Education, and Promises End to Property Tax Buy Downs During State of the State

Governor Doug Burgum delivered the first State of the State address of his term in office to lawmakers today. Here’s the full video, which isn’t really all that long and would be worth your time to watch. I put some of my thoughts below: An energetic new tone “The new governor—though he projects an image

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