Leaders look to reduce state mandates for schools

School leaders, lawmaker seek to reduce state mandates

School leaders in the area are pushing for more flexibility to reduce costly and cumbersome state mandates.

They cover everything from testing to truancy.

The drive to make changes is starting now with the help of a state lawmaker.

“What we’re trying to do is returning the management of the schools to the local level,” said State Sen. Matt Huffman, R-Lima, whose district includes Champaign, Mercer and Shelby counties and parts of Auglaize, Darke and Logan counties.

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Backers of the plan’s best argument if that too many state mandates work against the best interest of the students.

“The bill allows the local board of education the opportunity to define areas of impact within the annual requirements, also allows flexibility in testing, Coldwater Schools Superintendent Jason Woods said.

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