Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Looking for the Real Daugaard Education Plan

Governor Daugaard released "The Daugaard Plan for Education"when he ran in 2010.  I would love to know what happened to the plan, and why he decided to ignore so many components.  Several of the promises he claimed that he would follow if elected governor simply were ignored.  You be the judge if the Governor followed through with the promises.

Here is one little nugget from his "plan":
Repeal unnecessary laws and regulationsI strongly believe that state government regulations should be simple, predictable and consistent. They should also not be over-burdensome or over-intrusive. A commitment to local control means that state leaders need to respect the decisions of local leaders – even if we don’t agree with those decisions.
Any one else remember the plan of the governor to force down the throat of the schools his plan to "make schools better" by forcing state standards on the districts and controlling how they handle personal.  Jim Bolin (R-Canton) had this to say about the Governor's approach:
Rep. Jim Bolin, R-Canton, called it a "blunder" and a "classic example of a new big government spending program wrapped in a conservative package.""This plan does not and will not measure up to its claims," Bolin said. "It will not increase student achievement ... and cannot be sustained financially over time."
This is just the tip of the deviation from the promised Plan for Education offered by Daugaard.

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