The Learning Community gathered Thursday night to make a potentially expensive decision. A proposal was on the table for two consultant contracts; the goal being to develop a plan for early childhood education. The consultants would make $1,000 a day, but would be limited to 72 days of work.
A handful of people turned out to oppose the idea. "I feel it would be premature for this body to pay outside consultants when, with my experience in dealing with school districts, we have 11 very capable school districts," said Millard School Board member, Mike Kennedy. He doesn't understand why superintendents can't be trusted to tackle the issue.
Doug Kagan with Nebraska Taxpayers for Freedom, agrees with Kennedy. "We urge this board to vote no on these contracts and assign additional early childhood advancement, allowed by LB-585, to individual school districts to manage within their own budgets," said Kagan.
The Learning Community decided not to vote on the matter. But, before wrapping up discussions, they also heard adamant testimony from the other side: that this is our best option to make a difference in the achievement gap. So 37% of kids won't find themselves in 11th grade without the ability to read proficiently.
Virgina Moon says they will consider all comments and discuss the next step.