Issue Position: Education
Education is our first pillar because it is the foundation on which we will continue to build North Dakota's future. It enables us to accomplish our individual dreams and goals and leads the way in innovation. And, continued education is the key in ensuring that our entire workforce has the knowledge and necessary skills to compete in a global economy.
Governor John Hoeven believes education is the foundation on which we will continue to build North Dakota's future. It enables us to accomplish our individual dreams and goals and leads the way in innovation.
And, continued education is the key in ensuring that our entire workforce has the knowledge and necessary skills to compete in a global economy.
Providing our K-12 Schools with Equitable Funding
Governor Hoeven led the way for the greatest funding reform for K-12 education in 50 years. The reform has transformed the funding formula to achieve greater equity for North Dakota children no matter where they live, with more than $200 million in new funding since 2000. Governor Hoeven
also worked to target more funding to teacher compensation. Now the Governor's Commission on Education Improvement is working to ensure that all schools are adequately funded.
Helping Students and Families Afford College
A post-secondary education is important to both personal growth and growing our state. For this reason, last legislative session, Gov. Hoeven signed a higher education funding bill that increased Student Financial Assistance grants, loans and scholarships by 59 percent. This session, Gov. Hoeven plans to do more to help make college more affordable.
North Dakota's new CollegeSave Program provides an income tax deduction and other incentives for higher education savings accounts to help families plan for the future, including a $250 state match for low-income individuals opening an account.
Helping our Universities and Colleges Lead the Way in Research and Development
Continued funding for the Centers of Excellence will maintain the public-sector, private-sector partnership that is helping to drive economic development and create new jobs, businesses and opportunities within the state, while also pushing North Dakota universities and colleges toward
becoming premier research institutions.
Hoeven supported and helped pass through a bill that will provide funding to build the infrastructure of the Northern Tier Network through North Dakota. The Northern Tier Network is a part of a national research network infrastructure that serves entities within and outside this state and will help
support the research and education missions of the North Dakota university system.
Strengthening Commitment to Higher Education
Our colleges forge the ideas, workers, products and skills of the future, and they need the tools to fulfill this mission. This is why Gov. Hoeven worked to provide the university system with its first needs-based budget ever, including more funding to revitalize deferred maintenance projects and
more funding for scholarship and operating to hold the line on tuition.
Keeping our Workforce Knowledgeable and Skilled to Compete on a Global Level
Governor Hoeven has championed increased workforce development programs to prepare our workers for the careers of the future. These workforce development programs include Career and Technical Education, Internships, Workforce 2020, and cutting-edge job placement technology for
Job Service North Dakota.