Vail’s Ferry says education is broken
Vail, CO Colorado
EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado – Vail resident and Republican Kaye Ferry has spent most of her summer getting to know the 10 counties that make up the 2nd Congressional District, where she is running for the Colorado State Board of Education.
She’s learning what it’s like to be a politician, and said she’s having fun with it.
The less fun part is talking about the broken education system she said is plaguing local schools.
“There are so many things wrong with education,” Ferry said. “You’d be naive to think otherwise.”
Ferry said the amount of money being spent on education isn’t resulting in progress. Kids aren’t learning, test scores aren’t improving and American children keep falling behind when compared to other industrialized nations.
Ferry doesn’t think the problem is necessarily the teachers – she believes most teachers are in the profession for the right reasons and are really trying to make a difference. She thinks the problem is in the top levels of administration.
The administration, she said, is getting in the way of how children are performing in school.
The Colorado Senate Bill 191, a bill concerning teacher and administrator evaluations, will be a good start at getting education on the right track, Ferry said.
While the State Board of Education has very little control over what local schools are doing, according to Ferry, it has a very important role coming up concerning Senate Bill 191.
“The State Board will be putting the details into 191,” Ferry said. “It’s an onerous task.”
Ferry said the State Board’s other two major responsibilities coming up after the election are the selection of the new Colorado commissioner of education as well as repealing the national Common Core education standards, which the State Board of Education approved in August.
Ferry is upset the state chose to approve the national standards because she fears the federal government will have too much control over state education.
She said the State Board did it for the money, which amounts to about $50 per student.
Ferry said this is the first step of a slippery slope that would ultimately give up control of our schools.
Ferry wants to get elected because she said she listens. She’s been to every State Board of Education meeting since she was nominated, except for one. She was appalled when the board approved the Common Core standards because there was overwhelming opposition.
“I’m so sick of government not listening,” Ferry said.
Ferry recognizes that the district is a hard one to win as a Republican – the seat has remained Democratic both on the Board of Education and in the U.S. House of Representatives for more than 40 years.
But, the Republicans have a lot of momentum going into this election this year and Ferry is optimistic.
“I just hope this year that people’s attitudes will spill over into the races,” Ferry said. “If I lose, it’s not for a lack of trying.”
Community Editor Lauren Glendenning can be reached at 970-748-2983 or firstname.lastname@example.org.