Superintendent of Public Instruction Arrested, Pleads Not Guilty

BURLEIGH COUNTY JAIL | PHOTO COURTESY Kirsten Baesler was booked and released from the Burleigh County Jail last weekend.
BURLEIGH COUNTY JAIL | PHOTO COURTESY
Kirsten Baesler was booked and released from the Burleigh County Jail last weekend.

The North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction reportedly assaulted her fiancé during an argument over the weekend.

Kirsten Baesler posted a $150 bail and was scheduled to be in court Tuesday.

Shortly before 2:30 a.m. Sunday morning, Bismarck police reported to a domestic violence dispute.

The police reported that the man Baesler assaulted, Todd Tschosik, had a visible injury with blood on his face.

Todd Tschosik is Baesler’s fiancé. He has been arrested for assault before.

In an Orlando, Fla., hotel in 2014, Tschosik was arrested for assaulting Baesler.

Baesler left the incident with a bruise on her head.

She did not want to involve police or press charges. The charges were dropped about a month after the incident in Orlando.

Baesler has served in multiple leadership positions within the education system in North Dakota.

She spent 22 years at the public schools in Bismarck, ranging in roles from classroom teacher to vice principal. Serving on the Mandan School Board for nine years, Baesler was president of the school board for seven years.

As the State Superintendent of Public Instruction since November 2012, Baesler is responsible for managing the schools in North Dakota. Baesler and her 100-member staff dictate how funding for schools is determined, approve administrator and education specialist credentials and monitor the state’s kindergarten through twelfth grade schools.

Through this all they manage 473 school buildings that educate 110,000 students.

This month, Baesler fought an attempt to thwart North Dakota’s Common Core standards.

Baesler has been a big supporter of the new civics test that was passed into law this year. She has also been advocating to get more Indian culture into the public schools.

Baesler also serves on a number of local public and non-profits as a board member. She lives in Mandan where she has raised three sons.

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