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Education Committee’s Mission:
The Education Committee’s goals are to build on initiatives by partnering with other chapters and young professionals to expand conversation and educational focus. The Committee wants to work with Committee members so members can fully participate in education planning and activities; also by broadening the channels of communication through reports and blogs, programs, and join events and partnerships with education advocacy groups. The Education Committee desires to share the passion for and knowledge of education, policy initiatives, and promote plans of action among young leaders, educators, professional communities and families.
Education Committee’s Policy Positions (2011-2012):
- School choice is focused on affording parents the right to choose which school their child attends. If a school does not meet the needs of its students, parents and students should have the option of seeking better education opportunities.
Ultimately, we need to shift the choice debate from whether choice is good or bad to how it can be employed effectively, through adequate funding, innovation and targeting of efforts.
- School promotion of parent engagement offers parents the opportunity to be knowledgeable about school choice, and also increases parental involvement in schools.
- Increased school accountability encourages individual schools to implement different educational approaches to best serve students. It is the idea of holding schools, districts, educators, and students responsible for results. Accountability for student performance is one of the most prominent issues in policy at the state and local levels currently. Accountability also considers teacher quality.
The question of whether charters or traditional public schools do a better job of educating students is still open to debate. Even more reason why we must hold our schools, whether charter or public, accountable and provide greater oversight; by virtue of their autonomy, charter schools can be vulnerable to financial problems and mismanagement.