As most of you know, public education, both K-12 and higher ed, are central focuses of the current Legislative Session. Here are some issues/bills up for discussion:
- from the Times, an article about a bill to "grade" schools (except for charters, of course).
- as previously mentioned, Senator Rodney Tom (F-Medina), wants to get rid of GET (Guaranteed Education Tuition), the program that helps people save for their children's college educations. Guess what? The astoundingly popular College -Bound program that low-income middle school students sign up for to encourage them to finish high school and go to college? He wants to end THAT one as well. (Even the Times says they should continue the College Bound program.)
Senator Tom has said the State shouldn't be in this "business." Confusing because our Constitution says that educating the populace IS the paramount duty of the state. (Also, understand that people who crunched the numbers figured out it will cost MORE to close down GET than continue it.)
- according to Publicola:
On Tuesday, January 29, the
House Education Committee has a public hearing on a bill to cut costs in
education by dramatically reshaping standardized testing. The bill
eliminates the writing portion of state tests, reduces the high school
math assessment to just one test rather than two, and removes
testing-related graduation requirements. It also prevents the state
schools superintendent from developing additional science tests in any
subject other than biology. The bill is sponsored by a bipartisan group
including Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos, chairwoman of the Education
Committee. The hearing starts at 1:30 pm.
- Also this week on Wednesday, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Education will be hearing from the group tasked to figure out education spending. Later in the week on Friday, the House Education Committee will hear from the Joint Task Force on Education Funding (the McCleary group).
Link from Rep. Marcie Maxwell to the Joint Task Force.
Article from Ed Week about McCleary being thrashed out in the Legislature.
- Thursday, the House Higher Ed Committee will work on the GET program.
- Rep Sharon Tomiko-Santos, along with a couple of other Reps including Gerry Pollet, are sponsoring a bill for more on-line education courses. I'll have to ask them about this. While it seems the way of the future, there is an awful lot of crash-and-burn stories throughout the U.S. on this subject.