Jennifer Johnson covers K-12 education for the Grand Forks Herald.
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GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- North Dakota educators can improve students' advanced placement scores through training from the National Math and Science Initiative, according to the state Department of Public Instruction. Informational sessions on the programs -- College Readiness and Laying the Foundation -- will be offered to state educators and administrators in March in Bismarck and Fargo. The opportunity comes as school districts nationwide are encouraging students toward math and science careers.
MANVEL, N.D. -- The Manvel (N.D.) School District superintendent said his school is like any other when it comes to low gas prices. "We always like it when we pay less money," said Richard Ray. Fuel prices have begun to increase again, but warmer winter temperatures and lower-than-average fuel costs have saved some districts 20 percent or more in transportation costs so far since last year, according to school officials. The price of diesel fuel, which runs many district buses, hasn't dropped as much as gasoline.
Scholarship-related bills Track bills at www.legis.nd.gov/legislative-bill-tracking-system . HB1044 increases total scholarship amount to $8,000. House Appropriations Committee voted "do not pass" on Friday. SB2074 allows scholarship students who have internships or similar experiences equaling six hours of credit to take 12 credits instead of 15. Senate Education Committee voted "do pass." SB2075 allows unused scholarship funding to go toward graduate school.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- One Grand Forks teacher starts class with a simple statement. Nearly every day, special education students at Lewis and Clark Elementary School say "I can" -- as in, "I can read more fluently, I can tell a story" -- to help them better understand the new Common Core education standards. By reciting what they can do, they understand what their goal is and what they're going to work on, said teacher Jamie Toutenhoofd. "Kids need a purpose," she said. "Why am I doing this? Why am I reading?" Her technique is a simple example of what's become a controversial topic.
Will American Indian students be permitted to wear eagle feathers? GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- When Grand Forks Central High School student SaNoah LaRoque graduates this spring, she wants to wear an eagle feather. In her culture, it's an important symbol that indicates strength and honor, she said. "It's not just a decoration," she said. For years, American Indian students have been denied the request because of school policy. But within a few weeks, school administrators may reverse that decision.
GRAND FORKS -- Some tension over Common Core educational standards has been growing in North Dakota as supporters and detractors plan how they'll approach the legislative session starting Jan. 6. On the heels of a recent letter to the editor, legislators and the president of the Greater North Dakota Chamber traded heated correspondence over "misinformation" and intentions behind the standards, according to emails. "It's not the fact that you support Common Core; it's the ham-handed, deceptive manner you employed in your support," wrote Rep. Rick Becker, R-Bismarck, in an email sent Monday.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- More than a century ago today, 38 Dakota Indians were hanged in Mankato, Minn., marking the end of the Dakota War and the largest mass execution in U.S. history. Despite its significance, very few know this fact, said Robert "BJ" Rainbow, an American Indian advocate in Grand Forks. "We've learned about the Civil Rights movement, we've learned about the Jewish Holocaust," he said.
GRAND FORKS -- Harley Tessman, 18, had a problem with pills. The path that led her there was a rocky one.
A Grafton man was arrested Saturday after a several-hours standoff that resulted in the recovery of explosive devices.