It’s not often I praise a liberal Democrat in our state legislature. But it only seems appropriate to highlight the fact that Sen. Ron Tupa (D-Boulder) demonstrated some common sense on the matter of school accountability today. Tupa joined the 3 Republicans on the Senate Education Committee – Nancy Spence, Josh Penry, and Mike Kopp – to kill House Bill 1284, which would have stripped the CSAP test of any effective meaning as a way for parents to judge the quality of schools.
So kudos to Tupa on this one. I don’t see eye to eye with him on many issues, but I have admired him more than some of his other Democratic colleagues for at least taking a more free-thinking approach to education issues. Of course, it would be a lot better if his committee vote weren’t a swing vote and that he were joining a more sensible Republican majority in never letting a bill like H.B. 1284 see the light of day in the first place.
But I’ll take what I can get for now.