Luncheon Meeting

School Accountability: What You Need to Know

Tuesday Jan 27th, 2015 - Noon to 1:05 p.m.

Directions: (Google Maps) Exit Hwy 41 at College Ave, go west one block to Mall Drive, turn right, go one block, turn right on Fox River Dr.

Dear Friends,

The contentious “school accountability” debate is back! After a watered-down attempt last session with SB-286, Governor Walker made it clear immediately after his re-election that he wanted another crack at it ASAP. And he got his wish. The very first bills introduced in the Assembly and in the Senate, AB-1 and SB-1, are accountability bills. A hearing was already held on AB-1, and the hearing for SB-1 is scheduled for January 27.

The Governor and legislative leaders claim these bills “empower parents to determine which school is best,”  “allow school districts to opt out of Common Core,” and “hold schools accountable” for perpetually low performance.

Admittedly, these are attractive talking points. But they beg a lot of questions. Here are just a few:

  • What assessment will the state require for measuring school performance? Will it be Common Core based?
  • Why the urgency to pass an accountability bill? Who stands to benefit from it?
  • And yes, everyone wants accountability. But accountability to whom?

To answer some of these questions and update us on the latest developments of this legislation, Jeff Horn and Kirsten Lombard will join us via Skype (or conf. call) on Tuesday, January 27. Join us to learn the key issues at stake so that you can knowledgeably discuss this bill with your legislator and neighbors.

Please join us. We meet at noon, order lunch, start at 12:05 p.m., and end at 1:05 p.m. Admission is free. Meal purchases and donations are encouraged.

"We are in roughly the 150th year of an experiment in which government, not parents, makes all the big decisions about children’s education. Teachers and administrators are theoretically accountable to school boards, which are theoretically accountable to state governments... Real accountability would mean accountability to parents. But a politically based education system can never really be accountable to parents."
-- Sheldon Richman, “Parent Power: Why National Standards Won’t Improve Education”, 2001
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