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Don Hansler announces candidacy for Superintendent of Public Instruction

Post by Debbie Cafazzo / The News Tribune on April 13, 2012 at 6:06 am with No Comments »
April 13, 2012 10:35 am

Spanaway resident Don Hansler announced this week that he’ll make another run for the state office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

The retired teacher also ran for the office in 2008. Incumbent Randy Dorn won that race. Dorn also announced this week that he’ll seek re-election to the post.

Hansler said he spent most of his teaching career in the Bellevue School District. After retiring in 1982, he wrote a textbook on teaching and used it in his work as an adjunct professor for several years at Seattle Pacific University, he said. He has also worked in retirement as a volunteer science teacher for elementary school students.

Hansler said his more than 50 years working with Washington students, teachers and school administrators has allowed him to define problems facing state education and develop solutions.

He’s written a book outlining his ideas called “More Than a Band-Aid.”

“Most of my ideas are unconventional,” he said. “A few people call them radical.”

He wants to establish a bonus system for teachers based on parent evaluations. He opposes the move to tie teacher evaluations to student test scores. He said he would lobby for a sales tax to replace state school taxes and local levies. And he said he would also work to limit state-mandated testing to only three grade levels: five, eight and 11. Currently, he said, “there is way too much testing going on.” The federal No Child Left Behind law mandates testing in nearly every grade.

Voters can get a free copy of Hansler’s book by e-mailing him at donhansler@comcast.net.


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