Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Standards? We neeed stinkin' standards!

One encouraging development from this past weekend's meeting of the nation's governors is a multi-state initiative to raise high school academic standards.

Gov. Lynch states in this morning's Union Leader that New Hampshire will not participate in the existing 13 state project, citing his desire to seek local input first. While I am glad that the governor seems to be moving in the right direction, I hope that his approach does not lead to "paralysis by analysis". As the seven year effort to get a charter school off the ground demonstrates, NH's educational establishment views change about as enthusiastically as it views a head cold.

Still, the issue of tough standards is back on the table, and that is a critical development.

Let the debate commence.