By Jeff Simpson
Yesterday there was testimony in Madison regarding the republicans bill to stop local municipalities from enacting living wage ordinances.
One of the people testifying was Peter Rickman who is a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin. Glenn Grothman was not impressed(emphasis mine).
Peter Rickman, a campaign coordinator for Wisconsin Jobs Now, a nonprofit focused on income inequality and workers' rights, brought an armful of research data and reports to support his testimony.This of course is one of the top Business Schools in the country!
Rickman tried to engage bill author, Grothman, who also chairs the committee, in a debate on the topic but Grothman declined the offer.
Instead, Grothman commented on the high-level economic courses Rickman said he had taken while earning a UW-Madison degree by making disparaging comments about the university, which Grothman also attended.
“I took a few classes in economics at UW,” Grothman said. “And I’d almost consider that a minus.”
Thursday, there will be testimony on SB619, where the republicans would scrap the years of work we have done on common core state standards and appoint a group of hard core republicans and donors to write the Curriculum for Wisconsin Schools instead! More information here.
So let's wrap this up, Glenn Grothman thinks that its a minus to have taken classes at the UW-Madison school of business and now he is going to be in charge of appointing people who will be writing the curriculum for all of our children in the state.
Let's review because this is VERY important.
Glenn Grothman laughs at the University of Wisconsin Business School and now will decide what is taught in our statewide public schools.
Let that sink in for a minute!
For those not familiar with SB619, it could be the worst education bill yet), but here are the details:
Background Information on SB 619Under SB 619, a new 15-member state board would begin replacing the Common Core State Standards within a year.
This board would be charged with writing new model academic standards starting with English, reading and math within a year of the bill’s enactment. It would have three years to create standards for social studies and science.
SB 619 calls for two members of that board to be appointed from private voucher schools (schools that accept taxpayer-funded vouchers), even though those private schools receiving taxpayer money are not required to follow statewide academic standards for public schools.
SB 619 could halt the implementation of more rigorous reading and math academic standards that local districts have already spent millions of dollars on, could inject an element of partisan politics into the setting of academic standards and could ultimately result in the state Legislature, not DPI, setting academic standards through a highly political process.
Under SB 619, after the board has submitted its proposed model academic standards to the state superintendent, the state superintendent must, taking into consideration the academic standards submitted by the board, submit its own proposed model academic standards first to the legislative council staff for review and comment and then to the Legislature’s Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules (JCRAR).
The bill provides that the JCRAR must either approve the proposed model academic standards or object to the proposed standards. If the JCRAR approves the model academic standards, the state superintendent must adopt the model academic standards. If the JCRAR objects to the proposed model academic standards, the JCRAR must prepare a new legislative bill that incorporates by reference the proposed model academic standards submitted by the board for introduction in both the senate and the assembly. However, it should be noted that once such a bill is before the Legislature, it could be amended fairly dramatically by lawmakers.
A legal memorandum, issued February 21st by the DPI, confirms that the Legislature would be able to modify a bill establishing model academic standards through any kind of amendment to such a bill. (Attorneys at the Wisconsin Legislative Council have agreed with this conclusion by DPI). Additionally, the DPI memo notes that SB 619 would impact all academic standards going forward, not just English language arts and mathematics.
Lawmakers may be poised to vote this proposal out of committee next week and send it to the full Legislature.
PLEASE call your Senator and tell him/her to vote NO on this!