Bismarck, ND: Teachers face violence in the classroom

Aug 24, 2017, Washington Times: Bismarck Public Schools advised to create safety committee The North Dakota Education Fact-Finding Commission is recommending that Bismarck Public Schools create a new committee to discuss teacher safety concerns. The commission issued their recommendation Wednesday following a public impasse hearing last week, The Bismarck Tribune reported. During the impasse several teachers spoke of violence they’ve encountered in their classrooms. The commission suggested the school district establish a safety and health committee to look into the incidents in response to the testimonies and the Bismarck Education Association’s proposal to add safe workplace language into teacher contracts. The commission also suggested the district consider working with the community by hosting parenting classes and anger management classes for children and adults. They also suggested gathering input from mental health professionals and law enforcement. The teachers union and the district would appoint members to the committee.