Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Driving the DPI debate

Rose Fernandez, candidate for State Superintendent for the Department of Public Instruction, is driving the debate in her race. First her proposal for reforming MPS forced the other candidates to respond with how they would reform MPS. Now Fernandez has come out with more proposals, including continued support for the levy limits and the QEO. But more importantly, Fernandez has endorsed the idea of merit pay. Here is the Fernandez program:

Support levy limits that have restrained the growth in property taxes.
Continue to empower local communities to have the ability to exceed levy limits through referenda.
Advocate for a merit pay system that rewards good teachers and moves poor performing teachers out.
Reduce administrative expenses and devote more resources to pupil instruction.

We'll see how her opponents respond.