Olsen critiques House education committee
State Rep. David Olsen (R-Downers Grove) took to social media recently while evaluating the House Elementary and Secondary Education -- School Curriculum Policies Committee meeting.
An advocate of education, Olsen spoke positively of the committee's exchange of information and ideas regarding the issues that face Illinois educators.
"The exchange of ideas, presentations and thoughtful dialogue on the challenges facing Illinois' educational system is valuable in setting applicable goals going forward," Olsen said. "This committee proved to be knowledgeable and passionate about the subject matter."
Olsen opposes efforts to redistribute education funding that would essentially punish fiscally disciplined school districts that produce strong academic results. He believes the state has an obligation to its students to provide full funding and resources to improve learning environments.
Olsen also opposes the unfunded mandates handed down to local governments, agencies and school districts by the state. The mandatory requirements increase costs and, in some cases, take time from core academics. Without state funding, local government and school districts are forced to turn to property taxes to fill the gap between revenues and expenditures.
Olsen took office in August after his predecessor, Ron Sandack, resigned. He faces Democratic challenger Greg Hose in the Nov. 8 election.