State of North Dakota secondary Archives: on Education


Doug Burgum: Expand career/technical academies across the state

Should that individual choose an education pathway in a career academy like the very successful one here in Bismarck that teams up higher education, the private sector and K-12, he or she shouldn't have to live in the capital city to have access to that type of learning model. Our budget called for providing $45 million to support the expansion and development of similarly successful career and technical education centers across North Dakota.
Source: 2021 State of the State Address to North Dakota legislature Jan 5, 2021

Michael Coachman: Don't restrict children in prayer, religious expression

Parents have the right to rear and educate their children according to high standards of character and quality, with minimal government interference. Parents are ultimately responsible for their family's education and should be able to choose among traditional, charter, home school, online, private, or other alternative schools. School children should not be restricted in their rights to voluntary prayer, religious expression, and acknowledgement of God and the United States Constitution.
Source: 2020 North Dakota gubernatorial campaign website Mar 25, 2020

Doug Burgum: Help students be "choice ready" for their career paths

Helping them explore career paths earlier, work-based learning and internships and career pathways programs that can help identify their interests. And by supporting all students to be choice ready, meaning whether you're ready for a career, you're ready for college, you're ready for the military. So choice ready means we want to be empowering our youth and addressing, at the same time, addressing our workforce shortage and making positive impacts for our communities.
Source: 2020 North Dakota State of the State address Jan 29, 2020

Doug Burgum: Proclaimed North Dakota School Choice Week

As National School Choice Week is celebrated nationwide Jan. 20-26, North Dakotans will also be celebrating North Dakota School Choice Week thanks to a proclamation from Gov. Burgum.

The governor has joined hundreds of state, city, and county leaders nationwide in issuing similar proclamations. More than 40,000 events have been independently planned throughout the country for School Choice Week, including rallies roundtable discussions, breakfast meet-ups, festivals, school fairs, and more.

Source: NewsDakota.com on 2020 North Dakota gubernatorial race Jan 17, 2019

Doug Burgum: Invest in K-12 for our No. 1 resource--our young people

Our private sector prosperity has allowed us to build and maintain a strong foundation in K-12 and higher education--investing in our No. 1 resource--the young people of North Dakota. Right now, we can make smart, bold investments with long-lasting impacts--while delivering a fiscally conservative and structurally sound budget that improves transparency--replenishes reserves--and does this all without raising taxes!

In 2017, we set out to transform education in North Dakota. Our goal: to ensure our K12 and higher education systems are best equipped to adapt to new technologies and delivery methods--and prepare students for success in the fast-changing digital economy. We supported establishing the K-12 Innovation Academy. This partnership-- between public entities and private philanthropy--supplies concrete strategies for transforming education--while also creating a statewide network to advance best practices and community-led initiatives.

Source: 2019 State of the State address to North Dakota Legislature Jan 3, 2019

Heidi Heitkamp: Vouchers take public funds away from public schools

Q: Education: Provide vouchers to parents to send their children to private schools with public money?

Kevin Cramer (R): Yes. Supports DC voucher program & charter schools.

Heidi Heitkamp (D): No. Opposed Betsy DeVos's "preference for private schools and. taking public funds away from public schools."

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on North Dakota Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Heidi Heitkamp: Supports public service loan forgiveness for college debt

Q: Refinance student loans at lower rates, paid for by increasing taxes on high earners?

Kevin Cramer (R): Rejected this approach. Favored tying to interest rates. Supported end to student loan interest deduction.

Heidi Heitkamp (D): Yes. Introduced related bill. Challenged Dept of Education possibly revoking public service loan forgiveness.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on North Dakota Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Kevin Cramer: Supports vouchers and charter schools

Q: Education: Provide vouchers to parents to send their children to private schools with public money?

Kevin Cramer (R): Yes. Supports DC voucher program & charter schools.

Heidi Heitkamp (D): No. Opposed Betsy DeVos's "preference for private schools and. taking public funds away from public schools."

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on North Dakota Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Kevin Cramer: End student loan interest deduction

Q: Refinance student loans at lower rates, paid for by increasing taxes on high earners?

Kevin Cramer (R): Rejected this approach. Favored tying to interest rates. Supported end to student loan interest deduction.

Heidi Heitkamp (D): Yes. Introduced related bill. Challenged Dept of Education possibly revoking public service loan forgiveness.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on North Dakota Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Doug Burgum: Local control of schools

This is about bottoms-up innovation. This is not top-down Washington DC decides, or Bismarck decides. This is each individual school district can adopt an innovation plan and they can decide locally what they think the best way to try to drive education, you know, hands on, experience based education in their areas. To get out and really understand more about how we can make that happen we have created a K-12 task force.
Source: 2018 North Dakota State of the State address Jan 23, 2018

Doug Burgum: Kids can't prepare for 21st century using 19th-century model

With the world's information now available for free online, Burgum said educators, parents, businesses, community organizations and legislators must all play a role in transforming the education system. It's not enough for students to do well on traditional measures, Burgum said. The challenge is how to equip them with the skills and mindsets they need to be creative problem solvers & effective communicators. "We can't prepare our kids for the 21st century using a 19th-century model," he said.
Source: Press release on 2017 North Dakota State of the State speech Feb 8, 2017

Marvin Nelson: Maintain investment in schools despite financial crunch

Nelson was critical the actions of state lawmakers during the special session, characterizing it as 'kicking the can down the road.' He addressed concerns over how to preserve academic programs across North Dakota, as the state continues to face the billion dollar shortfall.

"There's some things we've made huge investments in that we don't want to lose that investment in just cause of a relatively short-term financial crunch;" Nelson noted that would be "throwing the baby out with the bathwater."

Source: KFYR-TV on 2016 North Dakota Gubernatorial race Aug 12, 2016

Doug Burgum: Accelerate efforts to raise outcomes for all students

Our North Dakota education system, which needs to serve a significant rural as well as increasing urban population, will need to accelerate its efforts to raise outcomes to ensure students of all ages have the skills they need to be competitive in a global economy.
Source: Recode.net on 2016 North Dakota gubernatorial race Jan 31, 2016

Jack Dalrymple: Achieved long-sought goal of 70% funding from state

Senate bill 2200, passed in 2007, laid to rest the issue of equity in school funding. In 2009, House bill 1400 addressed the issue of adequacy and brought us to the long-sought goal of 70% funding from state resources. This measure joined with another breakthrough piece of legislation to reduce a school districts' reliance on local property taxes through a reduction of 75 mills in the general fund levy. This reduced the bill to local taxpayers by an average of 18%.
Source: 2011 State of the State speech to North Dakota legislature Jan 4, 2011

Tracy Potter: Deregulate homeschooling for parents with H.S. diplomas

Sen. Potter voted NO on HB 1171. The bill passed the Senate 27-10.

Synopsis: Vote to authorize parents who received a high school diploma to home school their children without oversight from a licensed teacher, whereas existing law requires parents to have received at least a bachelors degree.

Authorizes parents without a high school diploma to home school their children, provided they adhere to the requirements previously established by existing law, including the oversight of a licensed teacher.

Source: North Dakota Legislative voting records Apr 6, 2009

Tracy Potter: Voted NO on Home School Deregulation

Source: North Dakota voting records (VoteSmart Synopsis) Apr 6, 2009

John Hoeven: Moment of silence, or prayer, ok in public schools

Q: Do you support voluntary prayer in public schools?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support a moment of silence in public schools?

A: Yes.

Source: Gubernatorial North Dakota 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

Wayne Stenehjem: Supports charter schools; schools choice; & private funding

Stenehjem indicated support of the following principles regarding North Dakota's education system:
Source: 1996 North Dakota National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1996

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