House District 51 is home to some of the top schools in the nation. Here, we take the education of our children very seriously and it starts with our teachers who are dedicated, caring and hard-working.
I support local control over education where the decisions of curriculum and testing are made by those who actually live in the school district, not by central planners far removed from the people affected by their decisions. Local control ensures the most accountability, the ability to innovate with new ideas and to quickly change and adapt to new challenges. It just makes sense.
I oppose federal control and the centralization of education. While standards may be useful to measure progress, they have certainly changed the way we educate our children, and not for the better. The federal education experiment has cost taxpayers countless billions of dollars and has failed to improve education. It is time for new ideas.
Imagine a new era of public education where instead of the outdated standardized brick and mortar public education “factories”, we instead turn to a student-based approach built upon 21st century technology where students are free to learn at their own pace. Our teachers are excellent at teaching; let’s let them actually teach using techniques that are right for them. I want to encourage Wyoming to lead the nation in education innovation and quality, while doing more with less money spent on obsolete and inefficient practices.