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Published May 10, 2011, 03:45 PM

Governor Dalrymple signs the new education funding bill into law

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Almost a billion dollars is headed to North Dakota schools. Governor Dalrymple signed the new education funding bill into law today at Fargo North High School.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

The bill provides nearly a billion dollars in state funding to K-thru-12 schools over the next 2years. That's an increase of 100-million dollars.

The bill includes 10-million dollars in scholarships for high school students attending college in the state. With out a college degree you are 325 percent more likely to be unemployed.

SEN. TIM FLAKOLL - (R) North Dakota, Bill Sponsor: “This is a passport to get you into other countries and other places. Your educational diploma is your passport to allow you for a greater quality of life, better jobs. It gets you into more earning income. It allows you to have a better life style.”

The education bill also has just over a half-million dollars dedicated to parents to help get their pre-schoolers ready for kindergarten.