A Number of North Dakota High Schools Targeted by “Swatting Calls”

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR/KFGO) — Fargo Davies High, West Fargo High, and other schools across North Dakota are the targets of “swatting calls”: the reporting of a fake emergency to authorities, including threats of active shooters. Dispatch received a call that there was an active shooter at Davies High School. Fargo Police checked video from the school and did not find…

Harvey Teacher Named 2022 North Dakota Teacher of the Year

State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler, Bret Dockter & Gov. Doug BurgumBISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR) —  North Dakota’s 2022 Teacher of the Year is…Bret Dockter! He is a sixth-grade teacher at B.M. Hanson Elementary School in Harvey. The award was announced in Bismarck by Gov. Doug Burgum and State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler. Dockter was one of four finalists for the honor….

Baesler: North Dakota student performance suffered from distance learning

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR/KFGO) – The pandemic and distance learning had a profound effect on K-12 students in North Dakota last year according to the head of the State Dept. of Public Instruction. “All of our students experienced a decline in the core subjects of math, reading, English and science,” said State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler. Baesler, referring to a report…

North Dakota Superintendent visits with Fargo school cafeteria workers

Kirsten Baesler stopped at Ed Clapp Elementary to see how it's managing lunch time amid the pandemic

FARGO, N.D. — “Education will never be the same system that it was in February of 2020,” says State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler. All aspects of learning have changed because of COVID-19, she says, including the time of day that students typically get to let loose and relax: lunchtime. ” had to do some training,” she explains. “The school lunch people…

Pro-Mask Campaign Begins But Still No Mandate In North Dakota

State leaders also announcing a precision online learning program will be made available to all students

BISMARCK, N.D. — Gov. Doug Burgum kicks off a social media campaign encouraging the use of face masks called #MASKUPND. He is still against issuing a mask mandate, leaving that up to businesses and schools. Burgum is also extending the deadline for renewals for driver licenses which expired March 1 or later. State leaders also announcing a precision online learning…

Governor Doug Burgum outlines K-12 Smart Restart Plan to open schools

The plan gives districts the opportunity to choose whether to teach students in person, virtually or with a hybrid of both

FARGO, N.D. — The decision on how to educate students this year will be left in the hands of each school district. District leaders will have the opportunity to decide whether to teach students in person, virtually or a hybrid of the two. Governor Doug Burgum says this prevents North Dakota from issuing a state-wide closure of schools. “Some school…

CARES Act is Also Making Sure Schools Are Funded During Disruption

BISMARCK N.D. — The CARES Act isn’t just helping out the working class. It’s also making sure our schools still have the means to teach. North Dakota Superintendent Kirsten Baesler answered questions about how school districts around the state can use the relief funds. One requirement is districts and schools continue to pay its employees and contractors during the disruption….

No K-12 School Starting Monday for 5 Days In North Dakota

Gov. Doug Burgum Following The Lead of Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz In Shutting Down Schools For The Time Being

BISMARCK, N.D. — Governor Doug Burgum announces the closing of North Dakota’s schools, public and nonpublic, for one week, beginning Monday. The governor and Superintendent Kirsten Baesler explained the reasons for the shutdown Sunday night. The decision will be revisited Friday. The order does mot apply to daycare facilities. Some of the reasons for the school closings: —The Centers for…

North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction Pleads Guilty To DUI

Kirsten Baesler says she plans to seek treatment

BISMARCK, N.D. — Just hours after being charged with misdemeanor DUI, Kirsten Baesler pleads guilty. The North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction was given one year of probation and $750 in fines for her first offense. She also received a 10-day jail sentence which was suspended. Last month, Baesler was stopped for driving erratically on I-94. She refused a blood…