NO DECISIONS: Education Committee Meets

Tensions ran high at Wednesday Education Conference Committee.

“I have to say I’m pretty discouraged today, that we couldn`t come to an agreement after an hours discussion on how to fund a program that everybody agrees should be done,” says Sen. Herman Quirmbach, Co-Chair of the Education Committee.

Sen. Quirmbach started the meeting by announcing the committee would only consider two less controversial issues including Online Learning.

Sen. Quirmbach said the move would help build confidence in moving forward.

However, before the meeting could even start, Rep. Ron Jorgensen said he’d changed his mind.

Instead, Rep. Jorgensen wanted to discuss bigger issues, including new career pathways and teacher evaluations.

“Essentially the pathway to reform at some point in time is going to have to come through the pathway program and evaluations section, without those two items we will not have reform,” says Rep. Jorgensen, Co-Chair of the Education Committee.

The hour-long meeting was adjourned without agreement on a single proposal.

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