Senator Jon Tester has called on the Department of Education to reconsider its proposed rollout of certain education reforms for schools across Montana.

We all share the goal of ensuring that every single one of our children has the opportunity to go to a good school that prepares them for a successful future,” Tester wrote.  “But as a former teacher and school board member from a rural state, I strongly caution you to avoid the mistakes of No Child Left Behind and ensure that local voices aren’t drowned out by aggressive federal regulation.

Tester is urging the Secretary of Education, John King, not to get in the way of letting local and state school officials use measures beyond just standardized tests to evaluate the success of their schools.