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Doug Burgum, Horace, N.D., Published October 30 2012

Letter: Baesler will help North Dakota to become educational leader

As an entrepreneur, I’ve spent the past 30 years working to build globally competitive companies in North Dakota. The future of our state depends on our youth and their ability to compete in a global environment, which is directly tied to the quality of education they receive. That is why I am voting for Kirsten Baesler for North Dakota’s superintendent of public instruction on Tuesday.

This is a very important race for North Dakota taxpayers. The state’s budget for public instruction is more than

$1.5 billion each biennium, so the next DPI superintendent needs to demonstrate a deep understanding of North Dakota’s educational system and its financial demands.

We are fortunate to have one candidate who is so qualified and is such a passionate believer in our youth and their education. Baesler’s background has prepared her well. She comes from the small community of Flasher, N.D., so she is well-acquainted with the issues facing our small, rural, Class B schools. At the same time, she thoroughly understands how large school districts operate. Baesler has spent 20 years as an educator and administrator in Bismarck Public Schools. She also serves as an elected official as president of the Mandan (N.D.) School Board. The Mandan School District is large – consisting of 3,800 children and youth, a

$33 million budget and more than 500 employees – and its state assessment results in math and reading have increased consistently since 2003. Baesler has viewed education from every vantage point, as a parent, a school board member and an educator.

Baesler is the only person in this year’s race to receive an endorsement from the North Dakota Education Association.

Baesler is the right choice for the students in North Dakota, the right choice for the future of education and the right choice for our state. Please join me in getting the word out that Baesler is our clear choice to become North Dakota superintendent of public instruction.