Friday’s are usually a little slower at the capitol, and today is no exception. Both the Senate and the House have scheduled floor sessions, but two committee’s canceled their regularly scheduled hearings--including the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability--for lack of things to do.
The House Education Committee has a work session--that is, a hearing where they take general testimony on a particular topic. Today it’s the “achievement gap,” the difference in average educational achievement between different demographic groups. It’s a safe bet today’s hearing will feature a litany of interest groups and insiders arguing that the root of the problem is … the need for more, and more, and more money.
The Senate Education Committee held a hearing this morning on several bills, including SB 5243, which would require school districts to automatically enroll high-performing students in available advanced programs (parents could still opt-out their students). It’s an interesting idea that would test to what degree the success of programs like Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate is related to students making the choice to pursue those programs versus simply the raw “smarts” of students.
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