Legislative update for April 11

To find out who your ND State House and Senate members are and how to contact them, here is the link: https://www.legis.nd.gov/lcn/assembly/constituentViews/public/findmylegislator.htm

Greetings North Dakota ASPIRE,

Mary Fredricks, State Initiative

 

 

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HB 1318 This bill authorizes an interim study of the state aid funding for K-12 and look at the formula to determine how to sustain tax buy downs.  Unfortunately, an interim study of education savings accounts, defeated in HB 1382, was approved in this bill.

 

PASSED IN BOTH SENATE AND HOUSE
HB 1382 As introduced this bill called for the establishment of an education savings account for K-12 education. The House changed it into an interim study of the feasibility and desirability of developing a school choice program.   Currently, there are no laws in ND pertaining to school choice.   It will now go to the Senate for its consideration. PASSED IN HOUSE 72-17, but FAILED IN SENATE 14 TO 32
SB 2243 SB 2243 began as a loan forgiveness bill that would have provided up to $25,000 of loan forgiveness for new teachers if they taught in a critical need subject in a critical-need geographic area for three years. It began with a $6 million appropriation, was amended to $2 million, and ultimately amended into a study. In conference committee
SB 2037 Another loan forgiveness bill relating to technology occupations and teacher shortage on a much smaller scale. An amendment to the bill combined two programs currently in place and put a $1000 annual limit and $5000 maximum limit on loan forgiveness. Reported back from conference committee and placed on calendar.
 SB 2036 Relating to matching grants for the advancement of academics at higher education institutions under the control of the state board of higher education.  (This bill would have awarded 1 dollar of state funding for every 2 dollars raised by institutional foundations at each NDUS institution.  PASSED IN SENATE, FAILED IN THE HOUSE
  SB 2272 The bill that uses Foundation Aid Stabilization funds (which they can now use thanks to Measure 2 and NDU – editor’s note) to help hold K-12 harmless this coming biennium. It also consolidates three construction loans and puts them in one place.

 

Signed into law by the Governor
 
SB 2144

 

This bill requests for workforce development grants at tribally controlled community colleges.  Amendments reduced appropriation from $1.5 M to $500,000. In conference committee
SB2003
HIGHER EDUCATION FUNDING BILL – The appropriation for the ND State Grant has been reduced by about $2 Million from the previous biennium.  Several other grant and scholarship programs have also been reduced.  See pages 1 and 2 of the bill.   PASSED Senate, in HOUSE Appropriations

 

 

 

 

SB 2186 Relating to the creation of an innovative education programs for K-12 schools (Schools can apply for waivers to DPI to implement innovative education programs that improve education delivery, improve administration, provide more educational opportunities and improve academic success.)

 

Signed into law by the Governor

 

ND Legislative Update for March 7, 2017

Greetings North Dakota ASPIRE Member, 

The ND Legislature resumed its work Wednesday, March 1st after a break from February 24-February 28.  They will receive an updated revenue forecast this Thursday, March 9th from the State Office of Management and Budget and Moody Analytics which will guide budget decisions during the second half of the 2017 Session.  For an update on some of the bills relevant to our work, see the table below. 

 

Mary Fredricks, State Initiative

 

 

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HB 1382 As introduced this bill called for the establishment of an education savings account, in other words a voucher program for K-12 education. The House changed it into an interim study of the feasibility and desirability of developing a school choice program.  It will now go to the Senate for its consideration. PASSED HOUSE, being heard in Senate Education
SB 2243 This is the teacher loan forgiveness bill. The bill moved to the Senate Appropriations Committee for a hearing earlier this week. The program, which aims to fill teaching positions in remote or hard-to-fill areas, would pay back up to $25,000 of student loans over three years. PASSED SENATE,  now in HOUSE Appropriations
 SB 2036 Relating to matching grants for the advancement of academics at higher education institutions under the control of the state board of higher education; and to provide an appropriation.  (This bill would award 1 dollar of state funding for every 2 dollars raised by institutional foundations at each NDUS institution.  The funds must be used for the “advancement of academics”.  Senate Appropriations reduced the total amounts that could be distributed to both UND and NDSU, from $7 Million to $750,000 and from $1 Million down to $275,000 for each of the other nine NDUS institutions.  It also removed the language that would have set aside a certain amount of the grant funds received by UND and NDSU for student scholarships. PASSED IN SENATE, in HOUSE Appropriations
  SB 2272 This bill would insure that monies from the Foundation Aid Stabilization Fund could only be used for K-12 education. PASSED SENATE, in HOUSE Education
 
SB 2144

 

This bill requests $1.5 Million for workforce development grants at tribally controlled community colleges. PASSED Senate, in HOUSE Industry, Business and Labor
SB2003
HIGHER EDUCATION FUNDING BILL – The appropriation for the ND State Grant has been reduced by about $2 Million from the previous biennium.  Several other grant and scholarship programs have also been reduced.  See pages 1 and 2 of the bill.   PASSED Senate, in HOUSE Appropriations

 

ND Legislative Update for February 16, 2017

To find out who your ND State House and Senate members are and how to contact them, here is the link:

https://www.legis.nd.gov/lcn/assembly/constituentViews/public/findmylegislator.htm

 

 

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HB 1265 Relating to the number of nonresident students admitted to institutions under the control of the state board of higher education under a reciprocity agreement; and to provide an effective date. FAILED IN HOUSE
     
 HB 1353 This bill calls for the Legislature to  study the feasibility of  creating a senior year tuition waiver program for North Dakota students attending North Dakota university system institutions.   If passed,  the study would be assigned to an Interim Study Committee during the 2017-18 Interim. FAILED IN HOUSE
     
HB 1382 As introduced this bill called for the establishment of an education savings account, in other words a voucher program for K-12 education. The House changed it into an interim study of the feasibility and desirability of developing a school choice program.  It will now go to the Senate for its consideration. PASSED HOUSE, GOES TO SENATE
     
SB 2243 This is the teacher loan forgiveness bill. The bill moved to the Senate Appropriations Committee for a hearing earlier this week. The program, which aims to fill teaching positions in remote or hard-to-fill areas, would pay back up to $25,000 of student loans over three years. In Senate Appropriations
     
 SB 2036 Relating to matching grants for the advancement of academics at higher education institutions under the control of the state board of higher education; and to provide an appropriation.  (This bill would award 1 dollar of state funding for every 2 dollars raised by institutional foundations at each NDUS institution.  The funds must be used for the “advancement of academics”.  Senate Appropriations reduced the total amounts that could be distributed to  both UND and NDSU, from $7 Million to $750,000 and from $1 Million down to $275,000 for each of the  other nine NDUS institutions.  It also removed the language that would have set aside a certain amount of the grant funds received by UND and NDSU for student scholarships. Sent to full Senate for a vote
     
  SB 2272 This bill would insure that monies from the Foundation Aid Stabilization Fund could only be used for K-12 education. Sent to full Senate for a vote
     
     
SB 2144

 

This bill requests $1.5 Million for workforce development grants at tribally controlled community colleges. PASSED Senate, goes to House
     
SB 2063 Higher Education funding bill.  (The current version of the budget keeps the total appropriation for the ND State Grant the same as it was during the previous biennium.   This could mean that current students will continue to receive it, with some new grants available because some current students transfer or graduate.  Unfortunately, with no increase in individual grants, proposed 3% per year In Senate Appropriations

 

ND Legislative Update for January 30th, 2017

To find out who your ND State House and Senate members are and how to contact them, here is the link:

https://www.legis.nd.gov/lcn/assembly/constituentViews/public/findmylegislator.htm

Bill Description Actions
HB 1265 Relating to the number of nonresident students admitted to institutions under the control of the state board of higher education under a reciprocity agreement; and to provide an effective date.  In House Education
HB 1353 This bill calls for the Legislature to  study the feasibility of  creating a senior year tuition waiver program for North Dakota students attending North Dakota university system institutions.   If passed,  the study would be assigned to an Interim Study Committee during the 2017-18 Interim.  Do pass by House Education
HB 1382 Relating to the establishment of an education savings account.  (This bill would create a voucher program for K-12 education.)  In House Education
SB 2036 Relating to matching grants for the advancement of academics at higher education institutions under the control of the state board of higher education; and to provide an appropriation.  (This bill would award 1 dollar of state funding for every 2 dollars raised by institutional foundations at each NDUS institution.  The funds must be used for the “advancement of academics”.  At UND and NDSU, the first $2 million dollars in matching grants must be used for student scholarships. )  In Senate Appropriations
SB 2272
 This bill would insure that monies from the Foundation Aid Stabilization Fund could only be used for K-12 education.  In Senate Education
SB 2144
 Relating to workforce development grants for tribally controlled community colleges; and to provide an appropriation.  This bill requests a 1.5 million dollar appropriation

 

 In Senate Appropriations
SB 2063
Higher Education funding bill.  (This bill contains cuts to our only need-based grant program, the North Dakota State Grant.   It could be difficult for students to manage the loss of this $1950 grant, particularly if accompanied by a tuition increase!) 
Failed to pass on second reading in Senate.  Work will continue in committee.

 

Legislative Update for January 16th, 2017

Greetings North Dakota ASPIRE members,

I hope that the new year is treating you well.  As you know, the 2017 Legislative Session convened on January 3, 2017.  One of the things that I am watching at this point is funding levels for the North Dakota State Grant, the need-based state grant program for ND residents.

The Higher Education funding bill from the North Dakota University System, Senate Bill 2003, did not show any increase in funding for the need-based Student Financial Assistance Grant, also referred to as the North Dakota State Grant.  In addition, Governor Dalrymple’s budget recommended a $1.97 million decrease in the State Grant.   Recently, Governor Rick Burgum has proposed further cuts to the Higher Education budget, but the implications of those cuts have yet to be determined.  Of course, the legislators will also introduce their own changes to the Higher Education budget before the final passage of SB 2003.

Currently, individual awards for the ND State Grant are at $1950 per year.  Level funding or reductions may reduce the number of students who are eligible to receive it.   This is not good news for low-income students, especially if accompanied by tuition increases.  For more information or to contact your legislators about this issue, here is a link to the 2017 Legislative site:  2017 ND Legislature

Mary Fredricks,

ND ASPIRE State Initiative

 

ND Legislative Update for March 17, 2015

Legislative Update for March 29th, 2015

HB 1003 (HIGHER EDUCATION FUNDING)Higher Ed funding, included increases for need-based and merit-based aidPassed House 69-23; now in Senate Appropriations, hearings week of 3/23
HB 1303 (TUITION RATES)Would allow the Legislature to set tuition for all North Dakota University System institutionsPassed 59 to 31 in the House, now in Senate Education Cmte.; defeated in Senate
HB 1044 (GRANTS & SCHOLARSHIPS, SLDS)Would increase ND Acad/Career & Technical Merit Scholarships from $1500 /yr. to $2000/yr. and need-based ND State Grant by 4%/yr.; would require that the ND State Longitudinal Data System be used to compile college graduation rates for students who received the ND Acad/Career & Technical Merit ScholarshipsProvisions of this bill okayed by House and will be put into the Higher Ed. funding bill HB 1003
SB 2288 (GRANTS & SCHOLARSHIPS) Relates to development & operation of a "gap scholarship" through collaboration of NDUS & Bank of ND. It is designed to give more relief to middle income families by reducing student need after federal and state aid has been subtracted. ($5 M appropriation ) Passed in Senate by a vote of 44 to 2; defeated in the House
SCR 4003 ( GRANTS & SCHOLARSHIPS) An amendment to ND Constitution allowing Foundation Aid Stabilization Fund to be used for higher ed scholarshipsPassed Senate 46-0; now in House Judiciary Cmte, hearing 3/25; if passed in House will be voted on by people in June 2016.
SB 2039 (GRANTS & SCHOLARSHIPS)Adds higher education scholarships as one of the allowable uses for the Foundation Aid Stabilization Fund ( Companion bill to SCR 4003)Passed Senate 46-0; now in House Appropriations; hearing 3/16
HB 1129 WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT) Workforce Development grants for Tribal collegesPassed House and Senate; signed into law
HB 1049 (LOAN FORGIVENESS) Education loan forgiveness for certain behavioral health professionals on loans through the Bank of North Dakota and other participating lenders. ($200 K appropriation ) Amended and passed in House 85-0; now in Senate Human Services
SCR 4014 (LEGACY FUND)A concurrent resolution calling for an interim study committee to study reinvestment scenarios and potential priorities for Legacy Fund earningsAdopted by Senate; Adopted by House and returned to Senate

ND Legislative Update for February 27th, 2015

Legislative Update for March 29th, 2015

HB 1003 (HIGHER EDUCATION FUNDING)Higher Ed funding, included increases for need-based and merit-based aidPassed House 69-23; now in Senate Appropriations, hearings week of 3/23
HB 1303 (TUITION RATES)Would allow the Legislature to set tuition for all North Dakota University System institutionsPassed 59 to 31 in the House, now in Senate Education Cmte.; defeated in Senate
HB 1044 (GRANTS & SCHOLARSHIPS, SLDS)Would increase ND Acad/Career & Technical Merit Scholarships from $1500 /yr. to $2000/yr. and need-based ND State Grant by 4%/yr.; would require that the ND State Longitudinal Data System be used to compile college graduation rates for students who received the ND Acad/Career & Technical Merit ScholarshipsProvisions of this bill okayed by House and will be put into the Higher Ed. funding bill HB 1003
SB 2288 (GRANTS & SCHOLARSHIPS) Relates to development & operation of a "gap scholarship" through collaboration of NDUS & Bank of ND. It is designed to give more relief to middle income families by reducing student need after federal and state aid has been subtracted. ($5 M appropriation ) Passed in Senate by a vote of 44 to 2; defeated in the House
SCR 4003 ( GRANTS & SCHOLARSHIPS) An amendment to ND Constitution allowing Foundation Aid Stabilization Fund to be used for higher ed scholarshipsPassed Senate 46-0; now in House Judiciary Cmte, hearing 3/25; if passed in House will be voted on by people in June 2016.
SB 2039 (GRANTS & SCHOLARSHIPS)Adds higher education scholarships as one of the allowable uses for the Foundation Aid Stabilization Fund ( Companion bill to SCR 4003)Passed Senate 46-0; now in House Appropriations; hearing 3/16
HB 1129 WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT) Workforce Development grants for Tribal collegesPassed House and Senate; signed into law
HB 1049 (LOAN FORGIVENESS) Education loan forgiveness for certain behavioral health professionals on loans through the Bank of North Dakota and other participating lenders. ($200 K appropriation ) Amended and passed in House 85-0; now in Senate Human Services
SCR 4014 (LEGACY FUND)A concurrent resolution calling for an interim study committee to study reinvestment scenarios and potential priorities for Legacy Fund earningsAdopted by Senate; Adopted by House and returned to Senate

Legislative Update for Feb. 2, 2015

HB 1043 (TUITION FREEZE) Would prohibit increases in tuition rates at two-year institutions under the control of the state board of higher education. In House Appropriations
HB 1233 (TUITION FREEZE) Would prohibit tuition increases at four-year institutions under the control of the state board of higher education. In House Appropriations
HB 1303 (TUITION RATES) Would allow the Legislature to set tuition for all North Dakota University System institutions Passed in the House, now goes to the Senate
HB 1044 (STATE LONGITUDINAL DATA SYSTEM) Would require that the ND State Longitudinal Data System be used to compile college graduation rates for students who received the ND Acad/Career & Technical Merit Scholarships In House Appropriations
HB 1452 (GRANTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS) Creates an entirely new fund for Promise Grants — these would essentially replace the ND Acad & Tech. Merit Scholarship with a larger and more sustainable funding source. The bill doesn’t specify where the funds shall come from, only that they are appropriated by the legislature into a special fund with interest reapplied to the Promise Grant principle. It would use same eligibility requirements of 3.0 GPA & a 24 ACT . In House Education
HB 1419 (GRANTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS) Would change eligibility for the ND Acad. Merit & Career/Tech Merit Scholarship by removing the ACT score as a mechanism for eligibility and changing the high school GPA requirement from 3.0 to 2.5 In House Education
HB 1413 (GRANTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS) Creates a scholarship program for veterans. ( $15 M appropriation ) In House Education
SB 2288 (GRANTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS) Relates to development & operation of a “gap scholarship” through collaboration of NDUS & Bank of ND. It is designed to give more relief to middle income families by reducing student need after federal and state aid has been subtracted. ($5 M appropriation ) In Senate Education
SB 2165 (GRANTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS) Relating to the allocation of resources at the time of a child’s birth. (5000 at birth for later postsecondary education, home purchases or to start a business.) Unanimous DO PASS from House Vets Affairs, up for vote by full House
HB 1049 (LOAN FORGIVENESS) Education loan forgiveness for certain behavioral health professionals on loans through the Bank of North Dakota and other participating lenders. ($200 K appropriation ) In House Human Services Cmte.
SB 2162 (LOAN FORGIVENESS) Forgiveness of any outstanding education loans for certain social workers and licensed addiction counselors working for the state in high need areas. ($360, 000) In Senate Human Services
SB 2281 (TUITION REDUCTION) Relating to tuition reduction and an income tax credit for child care providers and certain members of their families. In Senate Finance & Taxation
SB 2344 (LEGACY FUND) Would create a Legacy Fund Foundation to oversee the Legacy Fund and develop priorities for its use In Senate Gov. & Vets Affairs
SCR 4014 (LEGACY FUND) Calls for an interim study on uses for the Legacy Fund. In Senate Gov. & Vets Affairs
HB 1261 ( HIGHER EDUCATION OPEN EDUC. RESOURCES ) Would create a higher education open educational resources incentive grant program with $1 Million to NDUS ( could help students save money on textbooks and other learning materials) In House Education

ND Legislative Update

Greetings North Dakota ASPIRE Members,

I hope that things are going well in your programs as we head into second semester!

As you know, the 64th North Dakota Legislature began its work on Monday, January 5th. At this point, the big question is how legislators will make appropriations for the state’s needs, as oil prices continue to drop. Some are optimistic because oil revenue makes up only 4% of the General Fund and the state has numerous “rainy day” funds to which oil revenue has been channeled. However, other legislators may decide that trimming the budget is the proper response. Time will tell.

Despite uncertainties, there is some encouraging news in the Higher Education Funding Bill, House Bill 1003. The North Dakota State Grant Program may see a general fund increase of $1.7 million to increase this need-based grant by 4% per year, from $1650 in for FY15, to $1716 in FY16 and $1784 in FY17. The merit based Career and Technical Education and Academic Scholarship (ACA/CTE) program may see be increased to $2500 per year (maximum of $10,000 for 4 years) for new recipients beginning in 2015-17. Funding for current recipients will remain at $1500 per year (maximum of $6000 for 4 years). There is also a proposal to prohibit increases in tuition rates at two-year institutions under the control of the state board of higher education, in HB 1043.

Thanks for your attention.  Watch for additional posts as the Legislative Session unfolds.

Sincerely,

Mary Fredricks

ND ASPIRE State Initiative

 

 

 

 

Legislative Update for April 14th, 2013

 

Education Related Bills

 
HB 1013 Funding   bill for the Dept. of Public Instruction, contains $500,000 appropriation for   joint effort of DPI/NDUS implementation of Common Core State Standards and   Assessments, companion bill 1013 reduced salary increase from 3%-5% range to   2%-4% range  Passed   by House, now in Senate Appropriations gave a do pass, 4/12/13
 
HB 1289 A   BILL for an Act to provide an appropriation of $400,000 so the department of   veterans’ affairs to establish a veterans’ higher education assistance   program.   Amended,   passed House, amended and passed Senate, sent to House to concur or not
HB 1228 Bill   to create STEM network in Dept. of Career and Technical Education to promote   best practices in STEM teaching, House reduced from $800,000 to $160,000 and   gave STEM network authority to accept outside grants Passed   and signed by Governor 4/11
HB 1422  Bill to make childcare more available, and allocates   $2.6 Million for childcare stabilization fund in the Dept. of Human Services, Passed   with amendments in House, now in Senate Appropriations 
SB 2200 A   bill to change the way NDUS institutions are funded to a performance-based   model based on the number of credit hours students complete, proposed House   Appropriations amendments would reduce funding, and assign performance   funding model to an interim study committee  In   House Appropriations 
SB 2218  Workforce development grants to Tribal   Colleges through ND Dept. of Commerce; reduced by Senate and House to$3   Million and allowed uses also reduced Passed   Senate, House to vote on House amendments 4/16 

 

SB 2032 Bill   to change performance and accountability measures that NDUS includes in its   annual report, new measures focus almost exclusively on retention and graduation   rates, number of degrees granted/yr. for both in-state and out-of-state   students; House Education added that retention and graduation statistics be   included for Pell-eligible students Passed   Senate, amended by House, Senate did not concur, now in a conference   committee (Flakoll, Poolman, Heckaman, Rohr, Kopplemen, and Mock)

Other   Bills of Interest

 

 HB 1332 

 

 

 HB 1332 deals with voter eligibility,   including possession of certain forms of ID;  laws like these are designed to prevent   voter fraud which is very rare in ND, but can discourage  college students and disadvantaged   populations from voting Passed   both houses, sent to Governor