More Positive Changes in Education

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By State Representative Todd Russ


I wrote last time on the teacher pay raises that went into effect Aug. 1 and the additional funding for common education that will be in this school year’s budget. I voted for all four teacher pay raise proposals over the last two years, regardless of what some may be saying, and have always supported public education.

I encourage anyone to go see my voting record on education. As school starts throughout the state, I wanted to take some time to detail several more positive law changes that the Republicans who lead the state Legislature have made on behalf of education and the positive impact they will have on students, parents and educators In 2016, the Legislature passed a bill that eliminated nine state-mandated tests, taking the number of required tests from 27 down to 18. Seventeen of the remaining tests are required by the federal government in order to qualify for federal funding for things such as free or reduced-price lunch, special education and other federal programs. We also provided funding for the college entrance tests, ACT or SAT, so students in the 11th grade can take the tests free, getting rid of the previous end-of-instruction tests


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