BISMARCK, N.D., June 8, 2017 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler, educators and state lawmakers expressed optimism Thursday that a new state law will foster innovative school projects, which will inspire students and position North Dakota as a national leader in education.
They were among the speakers Thursday at the first Governor’s Summit on Innovative Education, which drew more than 500 people to Legacy High School in Bismarck. The summit featured discussion panels on ways to promote innovation; science and technology education; and the new education law, SB2186, which was approved by the 2017 Legislature and signed by Gov. Doug Burgum in April.
The bill encourages schools to draft innovation proposals, with support from teachers, parents, administrators and the local school board. If some state education laws pose an obstacle to a project, the law gives Baesler authority to waive them.
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