Too Late To Turn Back Now?

By: Todd Baucher Email
By: Todd Baucher Email

Educators who attended Congressman Bill Johnson's town meeting appear to agree: federal requirements intended to improve education nationwide are a concern.

"I hope we can come up with a common set of standards so that children all over the United States can have those common standards," said Tony Dunn, Superintendent, Belpre City Schools. "It's the accountability system that's mandated by the federal government that seem to be clouding the issue."

As it is trying to fight the Affordable Health Care Act, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives is behind an alternative to the Common Core initiative approved at about the same time. But with it moving toward full implementation a year from now, some local superintendents fear it's too late.

"That battleship has already turned, and I'm trying to figure out how to save taxpayers money and implement the law that's in place," said
Wolf Creek Superintendent Bob Caldwell.

A battleship has a rudder on it, because it's made to turn," Johnson responded. "We can turn this ship around, and we should."

Opponents to private school vouchers, something also supported by state and federal Republican lawmakers, say that's also costing taxpayer dollars. A resident with children who have been in the parochial school system disagrees.

"I really take issue with the fact that anybody can tell me that any child should be deprived of a voucher," said Joe Augenstein, "to choose they school they would like to send their child to."

While saying children should be allowed to attend school where they want, Superintendent Caldwell said he is opposed to public taxpayer dollars paying for it.

One of the provisions of the Core Standards act replaces state exams, such as the Westest in West Virginia, with a set of standards of what primary and secondary students should learn.

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