Alternatives to GOP Education Takeover Proposal
Connecting Education with Work Effective policies that work and don’t eliminate the voice of the people like HB 512 House Bill 512, the pending GOP legislative proposal to radically reorganize agencies that oversee education and workforce programs statewide has been a lightning rod for opposition (read our earlier coverage here and here) . From home school parents who believe the creation of HB 512’s new, mega-bureaucracy will infringe on their educational rights, to public school advocates who believe that undermining the authority of a publicly accountable Board of Education will harm democracy–folks on all sides of the education policy debate have been unified about one thing: HB 512 must be stopped. However, the question HB 512 seeks to answer–better connecting education and training with workforce needs–is an essential one about the relevance of education for our state’s kids and students. We offer here several ways to better connect education with work that don’t involve a wholesale takeover of the state’s elected Board of Education by an unaccountable, gubernatorially-appointed board overseeing a new, mega-bureaucracy. These are listed in no particular order.