Bully Stompers

Dec 29, 2014
Meg Luther Lindholm

Many support groups promote healing by allowing members to share painful experiences. But a group called the Bully Stompers at Moorhead High School has taken this idea one step further. The five students in the group are talking publicly about their experiences as victims of bullying to groups of younger students.

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12/29 Bully Stompers News Story Transcript


Teacher shortage in ND

Sep 22, 2014

It’s a growing issue in North Dakota.

School districts across the state have had trouble recruiting teachers to fill open spots. As Prairie Public’s Dave Thompson reports, the shortage is statewide.

As the school year approached, the public schools in Ray were scrambling to find teachers.

“We had six positions open this year,” said Arley Larson, the Ray school principal. But he’s not alone.

More students coming to ND schools

Aug 1, 2014
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

The chairman of the Legislature’s interim Education Funding Committee says it’s going to take substantially more money in the upcoming biennium to fund the per-pupil payments on a “hold even” basis.

Sen. Tim Flakoll (R-Fargo) also chairs the Senate Education Committee. He told the interim committee the latest estimate from the Department of Public Instruction shows an increase of 13,000 students.

"If we were able to hold even, it would take about $200 million new dollars to hold evenm based upon enrollment trends for the average daily membership," said Flakoll.

Education from pre-school to post-college degree

Feb 20, 2014

In 2006, representatives of K-12 schools, the colleges and vocational education came up with plans to improve how North Dakota students learn.

And a representative of the North Dakota LEAD Center – which helps develop leaders in the educational field -- says a lot has been accomplished.

"Issues related to graduation requirements, issues related to feedback to students on their progress, issues in terms of standards," said LEAD Center director Jim Stenehjem. "A lot has happened since then."

Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

Governor Dalrymple is again pushing his idea of re-examining the role of the school principal.

That story from Prairie Public's Dave Thompson.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler says she will be working with the University System on making sure a new state assessment will be a part of the “Pathways to Student Success” program.

Part of that program is to assess whether a student is ready for college. Students who need some further work would be able to attend community colleges before being eligible to transfer to a four year school or a research university.

DPI joins consortium on educational assessments

Jul 11, 2013

North Dakota is joining the “Smarter Balanced” consortium – to help the state with student assessments.

State school superintendent Kirsten Baesler says the consortium’s charge is to develop tests to gauge student progress. She says the assessments will help teachers determine what their students need. And Baesler says there will be an opportunity to test 9th and 10th grade students.

Baesler: K-12 needs to talk to colleges

May 28, 2013

Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler says she’s hoping to improve communication between local schools and higher education – with a pilot project being launched in June.

Baesler says the colleges are concerned some high school graduates aren’t ready for college – and need to take remedial courses.

Senate approves renovation of School for the Blind

Apr 17, 2013

As part of the budget for the Department of Public Instruction, the Senate approved a plan to spend $2.6 million to renovate part of the School for the Blind in Grand Forks.

That part of the building is leased by the Grand Forks school district for its alternative, or second chance, high school. Senate Appropriations Committee chairman Ray Holmberg (R-Grand Forks) says that part of the building hasn’t been renovated since it was built in the early 1960s.

Governor Dalrymple is asking the Senate Education Committee to restore the K-12 education funding formula bill back to its original version.

The bill makes more state money available to local schools. And its sponsors say it will provide significant property tax relief.

The House changed the original bill. It now requires local school districts to levy 70 mills. The original bill required a 50 mill local property tax effort.  That will reduce the state’s funding by $120-million.