Chair of Senate education committee believes 2017 will be an active session for education legislation
08/19/2016 09:32 AM
FRANKFORT – Senate Standing Committee on Education chair Sen. Mike Wilson, R-Bowling Green, thinks the state implementation of the federally mandated Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) will be one of the priority items on the minds of legislators during the 2017 session.
“It gives us a whole lot more flexibility, moves everything back to the state, and really limits the authority that the U.S. Department of Education has, and the Secretary of Education has over the states,” Wilson said.
Wilson, who has also been an advocate for charter schools and has sponsored legislation in past years, says Kentuckians should look for more of the same in 2017.
“Certainly, I believe in choice and charter schools is part of that,” Wilson said. “I think you look at parents, they’re the ones that know their kids the best and they choose where to send them to pre-school, to kindergarten, and all of that, and once they graduate, the kids choose where they go to college.
“The only time we don’t give them a choice is the K through 12 years.”
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