Minnesotans for Better Education, Standards and Testing

Minnbest is a non-partisan, broad based coalition of parents, educators and school advocacy groups who believe excellent public education is a foundation of democracy in America.

4/28/2004

GOVERNOR PAWLENTY'S STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO THE SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE'S CONFIRMATION VOTE

Below is the Governor's response, but here is the reality.
The Comissioner is not qualified to do the job she was asked to do.

The Brian Sullivan camp had been promised a bone in return for Pawlenty's nomination. Schools were that bone and Yecke was their choice.

Yes, she has a doctorate and yes, she followed her friends to Washington and worked with the DoE for a little while but the proof is in the pudding and she is in over her head.

1. She has no clue what standards are, how they are used or what they should look like.

2. Her distrust of the "educational establishment" is based on paranoia and misinformation.

3. She has displayed no knowledge of the curriculum in Minnesota that has led to extremely high ratings on national tests. (Creationist science standards, weird Declaration of Ind. Theories and the whole Columbus thing)

4. Her management skills were acknowledged by the Governor and many others as "poor."

5. She cannot handle criticism without resorting to attacking people's patriotism or their scholarship.

6. She is in the back pocket of wacky theorists like the Maple River Coalition.

7. Do you really hate teachers so much that you would choose an educational leader with an Anti-teacher bias?

8. The policies that she was initiating are unsustainable because of the massive civil disobedience that would follow by teachers.

9. She is not a "reformer." She is a reactionary that wants to go back to the 1950s

She needs to go. Hopefully our smart Governor is just putting up a good front for the cameras and the nuts like the Maple River Coalition.

Hopefully, he will put up someone qualified to do the job.
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GOVERNOR PAWLENTY'S STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO THE SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE'S CONFIRMATION VOTE ON COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION CHERI PIERSON YECKE -- April 27, 2004

Saint Paul -- The following is a statement from Governor Tim Pawlenty in response to the Senate Education Committee's confirmation vote on Commissioner of Education Cheri Pierson Yecke:

"Today's vote by the Senate Education Committee was a vote against innovation, accountability and reform in education. Dr. Yecke has been taking on the status quo -- and winning -- which is why Senate Democrats voted along party lines to reject her.

Throughout Minnesota history, confirmation of commissioners has been based on qualifications and fitness for service. We have never had a Commissioner of Education with better qualifications, experience and vision for reform. In just fifteen months as commissioner, she has led the overhaul of the maligned Profile of Learning and replaced it with new learning standards, established school evaluation tools so that parents can know how their schools stack up, and undertaken many other reforms.

Imagine what the Senate Education Committee could have done if they had invested the same time and energy in improving education that they've spent tearing down a reformer.

Today's vote had nothing to do with qualifications. It had everything to do with a Democratic Party that is void of ideas and afraid of the future."