Legislative Watch

June Atkinson talks sense to Approps subcommittees

State Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson addressed a combined gathering of the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Education this morning and delivered a plainspoken and common sense response the idea that we need to fire more state school administrators.

Here’s one highlight:

“Since 2008, with a core staff that has been reduced by 24 percent, the Department has

-          completely rewritten the entire Standard Course of Study,

-          developed and is prepared to pilot all new tests in the core subject areas,

-          developed the only statewide system of teacher evaluation that has been aligned to teacher education programs and professional administrator programs (a system that other states are struggling to develop), and

-          developed a division for District and School Improvement that has turned around 36 high schools in the past three years and is working with others toward the same end.”

You can read here all of Atkinson’s remarks by clicking here.

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