I am all for Gov. Chris Gregoire's restructuring of our state's educational system. Here's why:
Our state Board of Education (16 members) spent three years hearing from a committee (about 20 members) who were supposed to develop further graduation requirements for our students. This expensive, lengthy process operated in complete disconnect to the economic meltdown in our nation. We now have a useless program that school districts cannot afford to implement.
We need a lean, nimble educational administration that can quickly respond to the needs and realities faced by our citizens.
No board or state committee should ever have more than seven members. No program should be researched and developed without quarterly assessments to see if the programming is still relevant to changing situations.
Educational administrators love to say that they have “collaborated with all stakeholders” which translates to no one being in charge and no one being responsible for failures. Our children deserve better. Instead of constant hand wringing over the lack of funds, we need innovative, flexible and relevant options that liberate teachers and engage students.
Bring on the czar of “Get ’er done.”