Wednesday, May 04, 2005

House GOP has a real plan; not just "throw money at it"

House GOP plan for education fits Oregon's needs

That's the vision that House Republicans share as well, which is why we're working to improve Oregon's schools by eliminating mandates, reducing school costs and investing in higher education.

Our Accountability in Education package starts by addressing the Certificate of Initial Mastery (CIM) and Certificate of Advanced Mastery (CAM) issue. These costly mandates have proved to be an administrative nightmare for many educators while providing little benefit for students.

Replacing school report cards with the already required federal No Child Left Behind reporting standards would also save money and makes sense. And our plan would require education service districts to conduct cost-benefit analyses for contracts entered into outside their normal, board-approved negotiations.

Rep Linda Flores outlines a plan with specific proposals to make schools more successful with the money they already have. Everything from CIM/CAM to ESD's to collective bargaining, and the enormous budget reserves are on the table. What is the Senate Democrats "plan"? Just keep repeating the mantra of "cuts" "cuts" "cuts" and the price tag of $5.325 billion.

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