Candidate for Oregon Superintendent of schools makes campaign stop here
One of those seeking the job of state Superintendent of Schools visited the Central Oregonian this week and talked about his goalsSchools are best run locally, that's the main platform presented by Rob Kremer, candidate for Oregon Superintendent.
Kremer is traveling around the state and stopped briefly in Prineville Tuesday to meet with the editor of the Central Oregonian. The election is only four months away, he pointed out, adding that it is quite likely that the May primary may decide the race for the party's choice. If no candidate receives a majority vote in the primary, a runoff will be held in November. The superintendent's race is non partisan.
Kremer didn't talk about the current school superintendent of public instruction's ethics investigation. Incumbent Stan Bunn hasn't announced whether he will run yet, and an announcement is expected soon.
Bunn is presently being investigated by the state's Government Standards and Practices Commission over some travel expenses and use of state phones. In interviews, Bunn has said he expects to be cleared of any wrongdoing.
Instead of talking about Bunn, Kremer explained his vision of both improving Oregon's education and saving the state money. A strong supporter of school choice, the candidate says local schools ought to be able to abandon Oregon's education reform program and the tests that go along with it.
Kremer, 41, said he is not running against the state education establishment but against the direction that the Oregon educational policy has taken in recent years. There are some good things in Oregon's state reform act, but he doesn't believe it should be mandatory. Schools should be allowed to substitute other recognized achievements for state tests in math, reading and writing, he said.
"The question is, who should be running our schools, the politicians and bureaucrats or the teachers, principals and parents. I would opt out of the statewide testing program. It costs about $85 per kid for the state assessment and only $15 for nationally standard tests. School should be able to take the parts of the Oregon reform act they like and not the rest," he said.