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Plain Talk: ND's teacher retention problem, and should parents get taxpayer dollars for private schools?

On this episode of Plain Talk, Nick Archuleta from North Dakota United, the state's teacher and public worker union, talks teacher retention and school choice. Click below to listen live, or subscribe via your favorite podcasting app!

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MINOT, N.D. — A new survey from North Dakota United, the state's combined public worker and teacher union, finds strong evidence that teachers are feeling burned out.

Why? A lot of the same reasons many of us are feeling burned out. It's politics and the pandemic and shifting attitudes about compensation levels.

On this episode of Plain Talk, co-host Chad Oban and I interview Nick Archuleta, the president of North Dakota United, about the survey's findings.

And, as Fargo looks to become home to a new private school affiliated with ideologically conservative Hillsdale College, we talk about the push for school choice policy.

Should North Dakota taxpayers get to use taxpayer dollars to send their kids to a non-public school? Or even homeschool them? Archuleta joins us in that discussion as well.


(Full disclosure: Oban's day job is at North Dakota United.)

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Opinion by Rob Port
Rob Port is a news reporter, columnist, and podcast host for the Forum News Service. He has an extensive background in investigations and public records. He has covered political events in North Dakota and the upper Midwest for two decades. Reach him at Click here to subscribe to his Plain Talk podcast.
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