Beliefs and Policies

NDSBA Beliefs and Policies are permanent philosophical, legislative, and operational statements established by the Delegate Assembly. They are amended only by the action of that Assembly. NDSBA Standing Resolutions are adopted by the Delegate Assembly and are uniquely legislative. They are dropped after four years unless brought to the Delegate Assembly for reconsideration. In order to view NDSBA’s total legislative platform, please access both Beliefs and Policies and Standing Resolutions.

Government Affairs Committee Resolution Report

NDSBA’s Government Affairs Committee (GAC) met on August 30, 2022, to act on resolutions for consideration by the Delegate Assembly at the Annual Convention. Participating committee members were:  Holly Stromsodt, Chair (Finley-Sharon); Karl Lembke (Bismarck); Patti Stedman (West Fargo); Sonya Hansana (Hazen); Cynthia Schabb (Grand Forks); Mike Lautenschlager (Lewis & Clark); Collette Hertz (Harvey); and Robin Nelson (Fargo).

Resolutions remain as standing resolutions for four years unless significant legislative or staff action prompt an earlier review. At the end of four years, they are dropped unless readopted by the Delegate Assembly. Five resolutions were recommended for readoption, one resolution was recommended for readoption with amendments, and one new resolution was submitted in 2022. Following are recommendations of the GAC:

RESOLUTIONS THAT ARE FOUR YEARS OLD AND RECOMMENDED FOR READOPTION AS WRITTEN

1. COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS. NDSBA shall support the state ensuring program funding equity for school districts, including full funding of the costs associated with English language learners. Adopted in 2014; readopted in 2018.

2. SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION LOAN PROGRAM. NDSBA shall support increasing the total funds available for the School Construction Loan Program. Adopted in 2014; readopted in 2018.

4. EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION. NDSBA shall support separate state funding for preschool programs meeting prescribed standards. Adopted in 2010; readopted in 2014 and 2018.

5. FUNDING ADEQUACY, BOARD TAXING AUTHORITY, AND PROPERTY TAX REDUCTIONS. NDSBA will support direct state funding of K-12 education at a level adequate to reduce reliance on local property taxes. Adopted in 2006; readopted in 2010, 2014, and 2018.

7. NORTH DAKOTA STATE STANDARDS. NDSBA shall support the ongoing implementation of North Dakota State Standards. Adopted in 2014; amended and readopted in 2018.

RESOLUTION THAT IS FOUR YEARS OLD AND RECOMMENDED FOR READOPTION WITH AMENDMENTS

*Items in quotations are additions and items in arrows are strike-through.

3. TEACHERS’ FUND FOR RETIREMENT “AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT SYSTEM”. NDSBA shall support “adequate and sustainable funding for TFFR and PERS programs.” <any of the following solutions to help address this critical issue:

1) A separate state appropriation that gives each school district an annual amount equal to 5% of their certified staff payroll, until such time as the rollback occurs to the pre-2008 contribution levels.

2) A series of catch-up allocations from the state’s general fund sufficient to fund the plan to 100%.

3) A rollback to the pre-2008 contribution levels when the TFFR plan is funded at 70% with the post- 2008 increased contribution rates paid by state funds until the plan is 100% funded.

4) Agreement to study the present funding system for TFFR and explore other possible solutions with appropriate stakeholders. Comprehensive study should include potential costs considerations, funding sources, legal implications, and impact on employees, employers, and the state.>

Adopted in 2014; readopted in 2018.

RESOLUTIONS THAT ARE FOUR YEARS OLD AND RECOMMENDED TO BE DROPPED

6. AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMMING. NDSBA will support legislation that will allow all school districts in North Dakota an equal opportunity to participate with after-school programming. Adopted in 2006; readopted in 2010, 2014, and 2018.

8. SCHOOL SAFETY. NDSBA shall support legislation that would expand the ability of school districts to discuss school safety and security in executive session. Adopted in 2018.

NEW RESOLUTION RECOMMENDED FOR ADOPTION

A resolution to expand the criteria for eligible individuals who can receive sign-on bonuses under the School Board authority provision granted in North Dakota Century Code 15.1-09-33.1.

WHEREAS, the current criteria for eligible individuals who can receive sign-on bonuses under current school board authority is limited to the position of a classroom teacher which does not delineate differing needs based on the role (defined as the grade-level and/or subject matter being taught);

WHEREAS, the current criteria for eligible individuals who can receive sign-on bonuses under current school board authority does not allow current LEAs to recruit critically short and necessary non-classroom positions such as school psychologists;

WHEREAS, historical data continue to show a consistent trend of data magnifying discrepancies in the ability to fill positions based on roles, not positions such as special education being harder to fill than general education;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that NDSBA support legislation to expand the criteria for eligible individuals who can receive sign-on bonuses under the School Board authority provision granted in North Dakota Century Code 15.1-09-33.1

 

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