“I grew up in a family of teachers, so I understand the importance of investing in our students when we have a strong economy. Investing in their opportunities allows them to be our islands’ next doctors, engineers, construction workers, chemists, teachers, lawyers, nurses, and business leaders. Our islands grow students that inspire greatness.”

– Governor Ralph DLG. Torres

The Torres-Palacios administration is committed to ensuring that the CNMI provides the best possible educational opportunities under strong economic conditions.

Governor Torres has worked hand-in-hand with the CNMI Public School System, the Northern Marianas College, and the Northern Marianas Technical Institute to help improve the overall quality of education available to all of our students in the CNMI. Through the first years of the administration during the strongest years of economic growth in CNMI history, over $200 million, including supplemental budgets, was appropriated for students at PSS, NMC, and NMTI.

Moving forward with members of the CNMI State Board of Education, the administration will continue to transfer 25% of the total general revenues collected and available according to Public Law 21-08 with the understanding that a decrease in revenue collections will affect the total 25% due to PSS.

The Northern Marianas College has seen a consistently growing enrollment rate due to an overall improvement in course selection and the addition of new degree programs offered, which has enticed the vast majority of graduating high-school students to obtain their college education locally.

The Northern Marianas Technical Institute has offered an alternative form of education for students that are interested in trades such as automotive technology, construction and maintenance, and culinary arts. The trade institute has paved the way for our Commonwealth to build a more expansive local workforce which will in turn help combat the current contract worker shortage in the CNMI.

The Torres-Palacios administration remains focused on working with the CNMI State Board of Education, PSS, NMC, and NMTI in achieving a shared goal, which is to provide quality education through proper funding based on proper economic projections and developing our local workforce for the future.

For more information, check out the following links:

CNMI Public School System
Northern Marianas College

CNMI Office of the Governor

Office of the Governor Response to Dismissal of Lawsuit Filed Against the House Judiciary & Government Operations Committee

Yesterday, the Superior Court held that the Office of the Governor could not proceed with its case against the House Judiciary and Government Operations Committee. Although the Administration respects the decision of the Judge, we believe the decision is erroneous by ignoring and misinterpreting law and precedent. For example, in its rush to follow federal precedent, it skipped right over the plain text of the Commonwealth Constitution. Then it overlooked some of the most important protections found even in the federal cases — such as the rule that the legislature may subpoena the executive only when the information it needs is not reasonably available anywhere else. The decision will be appealed. It will be for the Supreme Court to ultimately decide the merits of this civil case.

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