Count On Accountability To Work For Wisconsin

From The Racine Journal Times – a column by Speaker Robin Vos on the school accountability legislation moving through the State Assembly this week.

We all can agree that every child in Wisconsin, no matter where they live or where they go to school, deserves to have the best possible education. We want our children to succeed in the classroom so they can find a good job that supports their families and allows them to lead a productive life.

It’s a simple concept, but achieving that goal is extremely complex. There are questions surrounding what should be taught, how it should be taught, where it should be taught and who should be teaching it. Fortunately, Assembly Republicans recently introduced what we believe is a reasonable solution when it comes to making sure our schools are making the grade.

Every child is graded in the classroom, whether it is a report card that has A’s and B’s or expectations that need to be met. If a student fails to meet the required expectations, the school may hold that child back to repeat that grade level. Just as we hold our children accountable, we should hold their schools to a similar standard. That is why during this spring legislative session, we have been working diligently on an accountability bill that would impact every school that receives public funding. Last week, Assembly Republicans lead by Rep. Jim Steinke, R-Kaukauna, introduced an accountability amendment to Senate Bill 286 that addresses this important issue affecting students across Wisconsin.

Read read Speaker Vos’ full column, click here.