Governor Daugaard did something good. He started a conversation about how to improve student achievement. But our legislature should vote against his education bill and collectively produce something better that would receive broader support among our communities.
I have no doubt Dennis Daugaard is a great man with the best intentions; I just wish our legislators had an opportunity to consider and revise a plan that would better suit the needs of South Dakota’s students and teachers. Our state legislature should take that commitment to bettering our educational system and spend the next year developing a stronger plan jointly with the Governor, House, and Senate, with input from parents, students, educators, and other constituents.
Our governor and our legislators are serious about increasing student test scores and want to jump start the flat lined trajectory in education. This is a good place to start the discussion.
A plan like this should be formed jointly. There are 105 legislators who all ran to serve the state and their constituents. I guarantee every single one of them wants to increase our children’s test scores. Rather than Governor Daugaard proposing a bill in the manner he did, I would have preferred that he give an outline of his goals and allow the legislature to form a committee to study all of the various possibilities to enhance the education experience.
Let’s work together to find the best alternative to increasing student achievement in the state of South Dakota.
My belief is that if this bill is rejected, our leaders will produce a much sounder bill with input from a diverse group of interested individuals.
I haven’t talked to one person who is outright supportive of the education proposal as currently written. Many conservative educators I know who are active in conservative causes have problems with this bill.
We should commend Governor Daugaard and his desire to improve student achievement. But I ecourage the senate to vote no on this bill and work through the next summer to create a better bill that could unite communities, parents, and teachers, as well as produce the desired results.