Task Force Considers Changes to K-12 Education

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Bismarck, ND – The state wants to re-vamp the way schools teach our kids.

Governor Doug Burgum signed an executive order to create the Innovative Education Task Force. The task force will have about 15 people throughout the state serving on it.

The goal is to find ways to implement innovative practices in schools. Governor Burgum said simply memorizing facts for a test isn’t good enough anymore.

“It’s going to be so awesome to be there with all the awesome things you learn and all the awesome projects you have all the ways you can be self-directed, individualized and project based, and tapping into the abundant information that is in the world. That’s possible,” he said.
 
And Governor Doug Burgum says the state could make some big changes without it costing much money: similar to how universities saving money on textbooks.
 
“You could move to all online, we could be saving ourselves millions or tens of millions of dollars just on what we spend on textbooks these days. Sot here are lots of ways where we could innovate that might save money as opposed to cost money and that’s one of the things the task force will look at,” he said.

Individuals interested in serving on the Task Force should submit an application through the Boards section on www.governor.nd.gov  by Oct. 4. Under “Navigation,” select “Application Form for Boards and Commissions,” and select “Innovative Education Task Force” in the drop-down list in the application form.

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