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Published January 17, 2011, 09:13 PM

Devils Lake School Board Makes Legislative Request

The Devils Lake School board has some questions about education bills being discussed by the North Dakota Legislature. They support some of them, but aren't so sure about others.

The Devils Lake School board has some questions about education bills being discussed by the North Dakota Legislature.

They support some of them, but aren't so sure about others.

The legislative session has added one more thing to the agenda at the Devils Lake School Board Meetings.

A big topic at Monday night's meeting was that there is no legislation regarding the continuing of the commission on Education Improvement.

It became state law last session to dissolve the commission as of December 31, 2010. That's something the Devils Lake School Board does not agree with.

"This board feels very strongly about the commission on education improvement and that it's really facilitated a lot of positive change, not only financially for k-12 education but as far as curriculum, as far as adequacy, equity issues, it's been very instrumental, it's been very productive," Dr. Steve Swiontek said.

The board has agreed to send a letter to legislators in hopes that the commission will be re-established.

"This board feels very strongly about it and would like to see at least a bill and hopefully the bill would be passed that we continue with that commission on Education Improvement in North Dakota," said Swiontek.

Swiontek says they'd like to see the commission providing solutions in a round table format.

"It's worked very well and I'm not sure why the legislature wants to get rid of it at this time," Swiontek said.

The board is working to complete the letter to legislators by the end of this week.

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