North Dakota has made a major commitment to adequately fund all levels of education, from K-12 through post-graduate studies. Thanks to our healthy economy, we have been able to improve the bottom line for our schools. Education is the linchpin in economic development. It provides the human capital, plus the innovations and ideas for new products and new concepts in doing business. Our youth are our most precious natural resource. North Dakota must continue to develop this natural resource to keep us growing and moving ahead.