FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 30th, 2019
Improving K-12 Education in North Dakota
(BISMARCK, ND) – This past legislative session, the Dem-NPL House and Senate caucuses were able to accomplish many of the goals announced at the beginning of the session. One of those goals was improving North Dakota‘s K-12 education system. Strong state support for K-12 education means cities and towns do not have to make up the difference by increasing property taxes. Dem-NPL legislators in both the House and the Senate were able to get several pieces of legislation passed with bipartisan support that will improve K-12 education throughout North Dakota.Senator Kathy Hogan (D-Fargo) introduced SB 2313 which creates a children’s commission that joins policymakers and stakeholders to review and propose solutions to address the health and well being of children through the state. The bill also created a Commission on Juvenile Justice to hear from North Dakota families about issues impacting child welfare in schools and communities.
Introduced by Senator Erin Oban (D-Bismarck) and Representative Karla Rose Hanson (D-Fargo), SCR 4004 is a study that looks at the impact on learning for students with behavioral issues and how to ensure a safe workplace for educators. The goal is to start the conversation with two agreements; every child is entitled to a quality education, and every educator is entitled to a safe workplace.
“Education is the great equalizer,” said Alison Jones, Communications Director of the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party. “North Dakota kids are our greatest resource and responsibility, investing in them is critical in moving our state forward. This session, Dem-NPL legislators took the lead to make sure North Dakota was doing just that.”