- HB 1532, which would put public money in the hands of private schools, received an 8-6 “do pass” recommendation by the House Education committee.
- Tomorrow at 10 am, join featured speaker Ryan Nagle and Prairie Action for Solidarity Saturdays.
House Bill 1532, which would put public money in the hands of private schools, received an 8-6 “do pass” recommendation by the House Education committee and is on its way to House Appropriations. Each member of the committee who opposed HB 1532 shared our concerns about the ability of private schools to accept all students and the lack of accountability for public dollars once they go to private schools. Put plainly, private schools do not play by the same rules and regulations that public schools do. They are not required to accept all students, do not have the capacity to accommodate students with additional educational needs, and are not held to the same standards of accountability and transparency. Plus, every taxpayer dollar that funds a private school is a taxpayer dollar taken from public schools and other public institutions. For these reasons and more, we are opposed to HB 1532. Don’t just take our word for it. Click here to read an article about HB 1532 in the Grand Forks Herald featuring NDU member and Grand Forks Education Association President, Melissa Buchhop.
Both House Bill 1040 and Senate Bill 2239 received “do pass” recommendations in committee and are headed to their respective Appropriations Committees. As a reminder, HB 1040 would eliminate the defined-benefit pension plan by 2025 and replace it with a less stable, far more expensive defined-contribution plan. Closing the current pension plan would cost taxpayers $5.5 billion over the next 20 years! Senate Bill 2239 would invest in our current pension plan for 1/5th the cost of closing it. North Dakota United believes in investing in the current defined-benefit plan, rather than closing it. While we wait for additional discussion of these bills, take a look at this op-ed in the Grand Forks Herald from Kendal Killian, executive director of the National Public Pension Coalition.
Tomorrow at 10 am, join featured speaker Ryan Nagle and Prairie Action for Solidarity Saturdays! Solidarity Saturdays is a virtual space for North Dakotans to build communities of empowered and informed advocates so they can raise their voices, support each other, and work for justice and equity. This month the focus is on the state legislature and what they are doing- or not doing- for children in ND. Registration required.