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Higher Ed Going All-Out To Save Appointment Of SBHE President

Higher Ed Going All-Out To Save Appointment Of SBHE President

Last year Governor Jack Dalrymple appointed State Board of Higher Education President Kirsten Diederich to another term on the board. Since then, some lawmakers have been making noises about rejecting the appointment which must be confirmed by a vote of the state Senate. I’ve written previously about the behind-the-scenes wrangling. “If we condone, we own” the

Rep. Dwight Keifert: We Need Concealed Carry To Protect Our Schools

I feel that we can pass a bill to allow trained personnel to conceal and carry in schools with the approval of the school board, hold a class one license, receive training similar to a resource officer, and work with local law enforcement. But the only way it will be implemented is if parents demand

North Dakota District Conventions: Bismarck Area Guide

This post is part of a continuing series highlighting the potential state legislative candidates from each district for their party’s nomination. For more information on this series, refer to the “SAB’s Guide To North Dakota District Conventions: A Government Of People Who Show Up” post. The Districts: 7, 30, 32, 35, and 47 Click on a

Somehow A 22% Increase In Minimum Teacher Pay Gets Reported As No Increase At All

Yesterday the North Dakota Senate debated a massive school funding bill. Democrats attempted a floor amendment to that bill to raise minimum teacher pay in the state to $32,000 per year. That amendment got rejected, but that didn’t mean that minimum teacher pay isn’t going up. The Senate approved Governor Jack Dalrymple’s budgeted $5,000/year increase.

North Dakota Senate: Yes To Guns In Church, No To Guns In Schools

It was a mixed bag for proponents of gun rights in the North Dakota Senate today. Six bills dealing with gun issues were considered by the Senators today, with three passing and three failing. You can watch the floor debate for all these bills here. Here’s what passed: HB1260 – Introduced by Rep. Karen Karls,

Question of the Week: Will the ND Senate Pass Higher Ed Reform?

On Friday, the North Dakota House of Representatives made some key decisions on the future of higher education governance in the state through voting on three Concurrent Resolutions: HCR3008, introduced by Rep. Mark Dosch, would have stripped mention of the state universities out of the state constitution, allowing them to be closed through statute if

ND Senate Votes Down One Higher Ed Reform Amendment

Yesterday I wrote about five proposals for reforming the governance of North Dakota’s university system. Today one of those proposals got shot down in the state Senate. SCR4028, introduced by Senator Joe Miller, went down on a 13-34 vote with no debate other than comments in support from the sponsor. What’s interesting is that 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

ND Legislature Looks To Increase Rewards For State Employees Finding Efficiencies

Back in November of last year I wrote about an incentive program for North Dakota State Employees. The State Emplmoyee Suggestion Incentive Program had, at the time, been around for about 19 years and according to an open records request had paid out $36,189.70 to employees for suggestions which had resulted in $539,848.88. Below is

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