The North Dakota Education Association is launching an effort to raise the minimum starting salary for teachers.
Ten years ago, the Legislature set that salary at $22,500 a year. The average starting salary now is $32,000. And NDEA wants to make that average starting salary state law.
"We think this is long overdue," said NDEA President Dakota Draper. "We think we're making a very reasonable request. And we think it's important for young people. If you're going to attract new teachers to North Dakota, and make sure they stay here, you need to start doing this."