teacher pay

Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

Teachers and school boards are preparing for the upcoming negotiation season.

And it comes after the 2017 Legislature kept K-12 funding flat, due to short state revenues.

"Although (state revenues) have improved some, we're still looking at some very, very difficult times" said North Dakota United president Nick Archuleta. ND United represents teachers.

"Most of us in the private sectors would see a cost of living raise each year," said North Dakota School Boards Association executive director Alexis Beasley. "When funding is flat, that's tough to do."

Push continues for raising teacher minimum pay

Apr 2, 2013

A Democratic State Senator says she will try again to offer an amendment to the education funding bill – to raise the state minimum salary for teachers to 32-thousand dollars a year.

The current minimum is $22,000. Gov. Jack Dalrymple has proposed raising that to $27,500. But Sen. Joan Heckaman (D-New Rockford) says the average statewide starting salary is $32,000. And she believes that should be the statewide minimum.

"We have top notch teachers coming out of our colleges and universities," Heckaman said. "Other states covet them. Let's keep them here."