North Dakota United is committed to keeping public dollars in public education. Many of you may be familiar with “school vouchers,” bills that are used to privatize education and send taxpayers’ dollars to non-public schools. While ND United has always supported a parent’s right to choose where they send their children to school, we also believe that we must keep public dollars in public schools so that teachers and students receive the resources they need.
North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System’s (NDPERS) and Teachers' Fund for Retirement (TFFR) are defined-benefit pension plans that are a valuable recruiting tool for North Dakota job growth and provide stable retirement savings for our public workers and educators.
Raises for Public Workers and Educators
While there were notable funding increases in 2023 for public workers and educators, we still fell short of where our state needs to be. ND United is a strong advocate for increasing investments in educator and public worker salaries. This ensures that students get access to qualified teachers and North Dakotans receive the quality services they rely on.
Access to affordable child care is essential for parents to stay in the workforce. Many communities across North Dakota lack accessible and affordable child care to meet the demand for our state’s working families.
School meals are critical to student health and well-being, especially for low-income students—and ensures that students have nutrition they need throughout the day to learn.