Sen. Olsen: States must take the lead to make education policy a bipartisan priority

Wisconsin state Senator Luther Olsen (R) penned a joint opinion column in The Hill with Washington state Representative Sharon Tomiko Santos (D) that calls on state legislators to take the lead in returning education policymaking to its legacy as a top bipartisan priority.

The state lawmakers write:

“As our national politics has become more partisan than ever, it falls upon us as state legislators to take the lead in returning education policymaking to its legacy as a bipartisan priority. The good news is, there is an opportunity before us.”

Sen. Olsen and his co-author cite the number of freshly elected and appointed legislators across the country as the opportunity to address public dissatisfaction with K-12 education, calling on state leaders to improve civil discourse and lead constructive debates about the future of education and how to make it work for everyone.

They also point to new resources developed by the Aspen Institute Education & Society Program that states can use to better design education policy and put parents, students and workforce needs front and center which has been shown to yield a higher level of buy-in and long-term success.

Read the entire op-ed: We need to return education policy to its bipartisan roots