News & Updates
Two locations: Mandan Middle School and Liberty Middle School in West Fargo NDU Members: FREE; Non-Members: $50 Oct. 22, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 23, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Contact person: Patty Barrette, NDU Director of Teaching and Learning 701-223-0450 or email@example.com www.ndunited.org
Bargaining is never easy. Across North Dakota, negotiations between teachers and school boards are nearly over for the year, with only four contracts still being bargained at the mid-point of August. This year’s negotiations were difficult, with rewards and setbacks for both sides of the table. But, on the whole, all parties in public education involved – including teachers, students, administrators, parents, elected officials and the entire community – benefit overall for going through the process.
The campaign for the presidential election in 2016 is off and running, as you have probably noticed by now. Seventeen candidates have thrown their hats in the ring for the Republican Party nomination, while five are pursuing the Democratic Party nomination. The two major political parties in the U.S. will select their nominees for president at their respective national conventions in July of 2016, after every state has thrown in its selections made through primary votes and caucuses, and a consensus winner has been selected.
North Dakota United in a joint effort with Education Minnesota produced television spots this summer in St. Cloud, Minn.
North Dakota United invites you to take part in our Higher Ed Roundtable on Saturday, Sept. 19, at the NDU Office in Fargo.
The Education Standards and Practices Board (ESPB) at today’s meeting in Bismarck voted to accept a waiver that paves the way for untrained, unlicensed, and not highly qualified teachers to work in North Dakota’s classrooms. “While I sympathize with school district superintendents who do not attract or retain teachers, this stop-gap measure is not likely to do what it is intended to do,” said North Dakota United (NDU) President Nick Archuleta of Bismarck. “This action by the ESPB, in effect, again lowers the required standards for teaching in North Dakota.”
“Public health has the obligation and the mission to work not specifically with individuals, but with entire populations, and to keep communities and populations healthy,” said Kirby Kruger, Medical Services Section Chief and Director of the Division of Disease Control for the North Dakota Department of Health, and member of North Dakota United. “I think that public health has to work very closely with the private healthcare system. The private healthcare system has a mission to see the individual patient, to diagnose them, to work with that patient. … The two systems have to work hand in hand to make a complete approach to health care and policy; they’re not separate from each other.”
The 2015 ESP State Conference is an opportunity for Education Support Professionals from across the state to meet, learn, and share with others common interests and work-related issues.
With classroom ideas, professional advice, wellness tips and more, we’ve got the resources to help make this school year a great one.
United Voices Vol.2 No.3
Yesterday, the United States Senate, in an act of true bipartisanship, overwhelmingly passed the Every Child Achieves Act, the successor to No Child Left Behind. The Senate bill, S. 1177, passed on an 81-17 vote, following the passage of the House of Representative’s version of the bill, H.R. 5, by a vote of 218-213 on July 8. A conference committee will now be appointed to work out the differences between the two versions and draft a final bill.