Senator Tom speaks eloquently on education
Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom (D-Bellevue), spoke eloquently today on education reform and presented encouraging ideas for change. After noting that the large increases in education spending over the last eight years have resulted in flat graduation rates and a widening opportunity gap, Senator Tom said:
"We don't want to come back to parents, students, and others saying, 'We failed you for another eight years because all we did was put more money into the system.' It is not about money..."
Senator Tom then called for a program of public education that not only measures inputs, but improves outcomes for students.
It's such a pleasant change to hear an elected leader who is willing to think outside the box, to question the received orthodoxy on education policy, and who really cares about whether or not kids are learning in our schools.
Senator Tom's comments can be heard on Youtube, at 10:00 minutes, here: