Jennifer Johnson is the K-12 education reporter for The Grand Forks Herald. Contact her if you have any story ideas or tips and visit www.grandforksherald.com.
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WARREN, Minn. -- Ever since Jose Paz Pruneda Jr. was born, he's divided his school year between Mexico, North Dakota and Minnesota. The son of Mexican migrant parents who travel...
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- University of North Dakota alumnus and devoted hockey fan Al Pearson said the new Fighting Hawks nickname hasn't taken anything away from the sport. "I will still cheer on the team," he said.
GRAND FORKS — School board members in Fargo are likely the highest-paid in North Dakota, but one member said that should be different. Jim Johnson, a member of three committees...
GRAND FORKS — Superintendent Steve Holen isn’t surprised by the teacher shortage anymore. For the past four years, his district has struggled to hire about 20 new teachers a year...
BISMARCK -- Opponents of Common Core state standards filed a lawsuit Thursday against some of North Dakota's highest state officials over "unconstitutional" implementation of the standards. Gov. Jack Dalrymple, state Superintendent Kirsten Baesler and other officials are named in a lawsuit stating North Dakota entered into an illegal agreement with other states and violated other federal laws.
LARIMORE — Nancy Thompson, 32, teared up instantly at the memory. The first responder knew a train had collided with a school bus in Larimore. She knew there might be injuries. She and her husband — also a first responder and a firefighter — were among the first emergency personnel at the scene. The train conductor, engineer and a few homeowners who lived near the crash site were the only others present. It was one of her worst nightmares come true, she said. “It was chaos,” she said. But despite her initial shock, she had a job to do, she said.
CROOKSTON, Minn. — Sister Pat Murphy of Crookston said she didn’t want to argue about capital punishment. Yet her inquiries into the status of Alfonso Rodriguez, who was convicted of killing University of North Dakota student Dru Sjodin and now sits on death row, have inadvertently placed her at the center of the age-old debate. Rodriguez’s appeal, pending in U.S. District Court, argues he was insane at the time of Sjodin’s murder and he is not eligible for the death penalty. Murphy is among more than 800 sisters in the Catholic Congregation of St.
GRAND FORKS -- One Grand Forks teacher starts class with a simple statement. Nearly every day, special education students at Lewis and Clark Elementary School say "I can" -- as in, "I can read more fluently, I can tell a story" -- to help them better understand the new Common Core education standards. By reciting what they can do, they understand what their goal is and what they're going to work on, said teacher Jamie Toutenhoofd.
GRAND FORKS — SaNoah LeRocque always knew she wanted to be a doctor. It was a dream she’s clung to throughout most of her young adult life, after living in...
FARGO — Leah Peterson of Fargo said she wants high education standards, but opposes the way Common Core State Standards came to be. “It’s not necessarily one or two things,” said Peterson, an active member of the group Stop Common Core in North Dakota. “It’s a combination of things together that makes it offensive.” Controversy over the standards continues to divide some North Dakotans, with both sides claiming misinformation is being spread.