Members of the House Education Committee will wait until next week to vote on the “Opportunity Scholarship Act”, but State Superintendent June Atkinson left them with something to ponder at Tuesday’s hearing.
Dr. Atkinson told lawmakers if public schools were going to be judged on an A-F grading scale, then private schools receiving taxpayer-funded vouchers should face the same scrutiny.
“Each school receiving taxpayers dollars should be graded in the same manner in order for parents to have the necessary information to make wise decisions,” said Dr. Atkinson.”If a grading scale of A-F is good for public schools, then it should be good enough for private schools.”
Atkinson also noted that under the current version of House Bill 944 nonpublic schools could select their own form of standardized tests, with no meaningful reporting requirement back to the public.
“This bill does not include the necessary accountability measures to ensure our taxpayer dollars are achieving better outcomes for our state’s children.”
To hear Dr. Atkinson’s full remarks click below. To learn more about the “Opportunity Scholarship Act” and how it was received in Tuesday’s committee meeting, read education reporter Lindsay Wagner’s post here.