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Senate Proceeding on Mar 17th, 2011 :: 3:26:40 to 3:30:05
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Lamar Alexander

3:26:25 to 3:26:46( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: quorum call: a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from tennessee. mr. alexander: mr. president, i ask consent that senator bennet and i -- the presiding officer: we're in a quorum call, sir. mr. alexander: mr. president, i ask quorum call. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. alexander: i ask consent that senator bennet and i have

Lamar Alexander

3:26:40 to 3:30:05( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Lamar Alexander

Lamar Alexander

3:26:47 to 3:27:09( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: up to ten minutes for a colloquy. the presiding officer: without objection. how would the time be allotted, sir? mr. alexander: up to ten minutes. the presiding officer: ten minutes. mr. alexander: mr. president, senator bennet and i have just announced an effort that i think most teachers, most principals,

Lamar Alexander

3:27:10 to 3:27:30( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: many parents will want to be a part of. we're going to look at the education system in tennessee and colorado, two of the more progressive states in education, to see if there are too many tests and too many regulations. we want to make sure that the tests we have are good tests, the regulations we have are reasonable tests.

Lamar Alexander

3:27:31 to 3:27:53( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: and any minute that we can save from an unneeded test or an unnecessary regulation is a minute a teacher can spend devoted to teaching. so we've done two things. one, we are introducing today legislation that will, we hope will be a part of the new elementary and secondary education act when it's passed, that will have the education

Lamar Alexander

3:27:54 to 3:28:15( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: secretary set up a task force that will do something we don't usually do in government, which is subtract instead of add government. in other words, to continuously ask teachers, principals and others, what tests, what regulations are unnecessary so that we can get rid of them. second, we're going to start right away to do this in colorado and tennessee.

Lamar Alexander

3:28:16 to 3:28:36( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: we've talked to our governors, and we're going to put together a task force of educators in our state and ask them to say to us what regulations are unnecessary, what tests are unnecessary. when i was governor, i used to say to the education secretary, who was then bill bennett, there are too many federal regulations. he would say to me, i'll bet

Lamar Alexander

3:28:37 to 3:28:59( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: you've got more state regulations than federal regulations, and he was right. when i was education secretary, i had many teachers and others say to me, we can't do this, we can't do that because of a federal regulation, when in fact there was no such federal regulation. what often happens is the confusion between what the federal government and what the

Lamar Alexander

3:29:00 to 3:29:20( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: state government requires creates inordinate confusion in the classroom and teachers feel all tied up. so we're going to start right away to do this. we're both very excited about this. we think this is, this should give teachers and others in the

Lamar Alexander

3:29:21 to 3:29:41( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: classroom an opportunity to do their jobs. they have one day less on an unneeded test might mean one more day teaching a child united states history, which would suit me fine. i want to congratulate senator bennet for his contribution to the debate, his ideas -- his ideas come from the experience

Lamar Alexander

3:29:42 to 3:30:03( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: of an extraordinarily successful superintendent of the denver public school system. so we're taking his more recent experience and my own background, putting them together with our teachers and principals and we look forward to reporting to our colleagues what we find as well as to secretary duncan, who will be a full partner in this with us. and we hope this is part of the

Lamar Alexander

3:30:04 to 3:30:06( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: elementary and secondary education act when it is enacted

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