Jennifer Johnson covers K-12 education for the Grand Forks Herald.
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With North Dakota's aging population and a growing number of new residents in the Oil Patch, the shortage of physicians throughout the state will worsen, according to a report UND released Tuesday. The School of Medicine and Health Sciences' Advisory Council said in the report that not only is there not enough physicians, but there aren't enough physicians where they are especially needed -- in rural areas and small cities, including those of the Oil Patch. Physicians in small cities have twice as many patients to see as those in metropolitan areas.
North Dakota is among the states that spent the most on standardized testing with $69 spent per student last year, according to a national report released Thursday. The Brown Center on Education Policy found North Dakota's spending trailed only Delaware, Alaska, Hawaii and the District of Columbia, which spent $114 per student on assessment testing in Grades 3 through 9, the highest in the nation. Minnesota's spending, at $53 per student, and South Dakota's spending, at $45 per student, were also comparatively high, landing them among the Top 10. In general, states with large populations te
UND's School of Medicine and Health Sciences plans to ask the Legislature for $124 million for a new building, which officials said would help address the state's shortage of health care workers. A new building would enable the school to cope with more students, eliminate long-term maintenance costs associated with the existing 60-year-old building and potentially bring in more federal funds, the school's Dean Joshua Wynne told the Herald editorial board Tuesday. As a doctor and an educator, he said, he believes the need for the med school building is just as essential as transportation and
Approaching his last semester of classes at UND, aviation student Randy Lewis hopes to join a regional airline but isn't sure his friends will follow. With thousands of U.S. airline pilots set to retire as early as this year, the projected shortfall puts more pressure on the industry and should offer more opportunities for aviation graduates. "I'm very excited because that means there's going to be higher quality jobs for students like me," Lewis said.
A student at Valley Middle School and two other Grand Forks residents have been found to be infected with tuberculosis, bringing the total number of active cases in Grand Forks County to 13, the state Department of Health said Tuesday. The department did not clarify in the news release if the latter two cases are children. There are now 21 active TB cases statewide. Meanwhile, two students from Phoenix Elementary School recently diagnosed with the disease will rely on technology for their education until they return to school in mid-December, Principal Kevin Ohnstad said on Tuesday.
While hundreds of Grand Forks County residents have been tested for tuberculosis since the outbreak last month, some were already tested because their employers required it. Many have jobs that require prolonged contact to the public, including workers at the Grand Forks County jail, Northlands Rescue Mission and Comfort Keepers, which provide in-home care for seniors. Recently, county jail employees were tested again because one of the 10 people known to be infected with TB had a connection to an employee. None of the tests were positive, according to Public Health Director Don Shields.
Five ecology students at UND watched Tuesday as Alex Knudson, 21, stood at a marker board, drawing blue arrows from one slip of paper to another. His group, among several in class that day, was creating a diagram using Post-Its to explain the way relationships work within the ecosystem.
Attendance at Phoenix Elementary School in Grand Forks was "mildly" affected Friday after word spread of the tuberculosis outbreak at the school, according to Principal Kevin Ohnstad. It has since returned to normal as Grand Forks School District officials reiterate that the disease does not spread easily. The district doesn't have a clear policy for absences of this nature because of their rarity, according to superintendent of schools Larry Nybladh.
A second case of tuberculosis at Grand Forks' Phoenix Elementary School was confirmed Tuesday as staff and students lined the school's hallway to get tested. The child is a family member of the first Phoenix student diagnosed with tuberculosis last week.
EMERADO, N.D. -- Squeals and shouts filled a classroom at Emerado Elementary School on Friday as preschool students waited for their morning activity to begin. Teacher Lisa Thomas herded students toward a rug in the center of the room, and drew her finger to her lips. "Good job," she said. "I'm really glad most of you got quiet." Preschool here may start the day like any other, but this class has grown so popular in the past four years a dozen children are waiting to get in.