A GOP candidate for governor says Wisconsin’s K-12 system needs serious reforms.
Gubernatorial candidate Mark Neumann says, the future of our state depends on staying competitive globally. “Twenty-first century jobs require a 21st century education.”
Neumann unveils a comprehensive plan that he expects to begin implementing within his first 60 days in the governor’s office. For starters, Neumann wants to eliminate state certification requirements for teachers. He would form and chair a blue ribbon panel on education reform, in order to increase accountability, innovation, parental involvement, local control, and decrease education spending by 10-percent.
Neumann says rules and regulations are strangling the school system and costing quote “a boat-load of money.” He says, “A very important cornerstone of this is to understand that we want to eliminate buracracy, state mandates, and we want to get those dollars instead spent in the classroom helping our kids get a better education.”
Neumann believes eliminating needless government mandates would save more than $1.1 billion. Neumann also wants schools to be graded on an A -to-F scale; his plan would reward teachers and schools for their excellence in education; and it would encourage competition between the public, private and charter schools.