President Continues Push for Education Reform, Colorado Senator Leading the Charge
Prior to addressing the nation about America’s involvement in Libya Monday night, President Obama spoke about education reform saying students should take fewer tests. It’s something that one Colorado Senator is working to make a reality.
During a town hall meeting at Bell Multicultural High School in Washington D.C. the President said too much testing makes education “boring” for kids. Standardized testing is part of the No Child Left Behind law which Mr. Obama wants overhauled before the start of next school year.
Senator Michael Bennet is among those leading the effort. He says No Child Left Behind is long on mandates and short on solutions.
“Let’s look at this to see if we can reduce the regulatory burden at the local level by streamlining regulations, by looking at the amount that we test to see if we can test less than we do,” Bennet says.
Bennet is the former superintendent of Denver Public Schools. He recently introduced bipartisan legislation with Tennessee Republican Senator Lamar Alexander that would create a national task force to study the education system. They also created a working group to study assessment methods and their effectiveness here in Colorado and Tennessee.