Hey! It's my first Russ Olson Raspberry of the 2010 Legislative session! Whoo-hoo!
Republicans hate big government... except when they can use it to push around the people they don't trust. State Senator Russell Olson (R-8/Madison) proves this point with his vote in committee today for Senate Bill 24. This measure allows Pierre to establish standards, timeframes, and even a recommended form for teacher evaluations. SB 24 also creates a more complicated teacher licensing system.
Lake County's favorite Republican had a perfect opportunity to stand against the creeping crud of centralized government control. Senator Olson could have made a real stand for local control. He could have said, "Hey, those principals and superintendents are good people! I bought them donuts during the last campaign! I trust them to properly evaluate their teachers."
Instead, he voted right along with Democrats Sandy Jerstad and Ben Nesselhuf to expand Pierre's control of education.
Where is the brave Tea Party candidate who will challenge Senator Olson for his state senate seat and fight for real limited government?
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