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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Rosemary Wharton loved her music students and they loved her back. Former students and other teachers said this recently as they spoke with delight about a Grand Forks woman whose whimsical and fun nature made class "magical." Wharton, a longtime elementary music teacher in Grand Forks, died Jan. 4 in Roseville, Minn., where she had resided since 2011 at an assisted living facility.
One northwest Minnesota school district recently stopped wrongfully charging students for college classes, a decision that could result in hundreds or possibly more being refunded to families. A total of $1,025 will be refunded to families in the Greenbush Middle River School District this year after the district charged students $25 for each college class they'd taken, school officials said.
After a tragic bus accident last week, students in Larimore, N.D., found support at a recent state agriculture conference, according to the district. Four students who attended a state Future Farmers of America leadership conference in Bismarck last week were given a banner with the words "Larimore Strong," said Patty Aanensen, district athletic director. The banner, signed by all conference attendees, was given to honor Larimore teacher Max Danner and 17-year-old student Cassidy Sandstrom. The two died Jan.
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 Common Core State Standards continues to divide some North Dakotans, with both sides claiming misinformation is being spread.
A recent $20,000 gift will help provide counseling services for Grand Forks School District students and scholarship funding, according to the Grand Forks Foundation for Education.
A nervous wreck. That’s how one Larimore, N.D., woman felt hours after discovering the bus that carried her children safely home from school collided into a train -- in the very same spot her father was killed five years ago. Amy Burns, who works for the school district, was driving home from work when someone stopped her on the road. She didn’t know anything was amiss. “They said, ‘Where are your boys?’” she said. “I told them they were at home. They said, ‘Get home. The bus just hit the train.’”
Some tension over Common Core educational standards has been growing in North Dakota as supporters and detractors plan how they'll approach the legislative session starting Jan. 6. On the heels of a recent letter to the editor, legislators and the president of the Greater North Dakota Chamber traded heated correspondence over "misinformation" and intentions behind the standards, according to emails obtained by the Herald. "It's not the fact that you support Common Core; it's the ham-handed, deceptive manner you employed in your support," wrote Rep.
A scholarship fund for Central High School has recently grown by $37,500, according to the Grand Forks Foundation for Education. Kathryn Uhrich and Jeffrey Holmes recently gave $37,500 to endow a scholarship in their name. The Kathryn E. Uhrich and Jeffrey D. Holmes 1983 Excellence Scholarship is given each year to a Central senior who has an excellent academic record and shows exemplary leadership skills in extracurricular activities or community service, according to the school district. Both Uhrich and Holmes graduated from Central in 1983.
More than a century ago today, 38 Dakota Indians were hanged in Mankato, Minn., marking the end of the Dakota War and the largest mass execution in U.S. history. Despite its significance, very few know this fact, said Robert "BJ" Rainbow, an American Indian advocate in Grand Forks. "We've learned about the Civil Rights movement, we've learned about the Jewish Holocaust," he said.
Grand Forks students say one Central High School teacher has made an indelible mark on their lives. Last year, student Katie McCoy knew someone who committed suicide. She talked about the topic for a speech in Bridget Ryberg's class, but found it hard to continue. Ryberg patiently waited after class so McCoy could explain, she said. "She was trying her hardest not to cry, but she was trying to be strong for me," McCoy said. "Every day, she would talk to me and see how I was doing.