Hailing from Wisconsin, Dr. Lowell Holtz is one of the most prominent figures in our educational center and truly, a man with a vision. He’s the one who is responsible for all the success that our center has achieved during all these years since our founding.
Led by his vision to always give nothing but the best to his students, Dr. Holtz has managed to develop one of the most effective educational programs in the USA. With more than 30 years of education experience, this unstoppable genius still manages to maintain the highest quality level of his education towards his students.
Dr. Holtz used to be a well known elementary and middle school principal before he moved to become the superintendent of our Wisconsin educational center. He won the award of a Wisconsin Principal of the Year only to second that with the National Distinguished Principal of Peshtigo.
He put tremendous efforts to improve the educational system in the county as well as to reach out to the parents and explain to them how important it is for the community to have the highest quality education. It is well known that he wants nothing but the best for his students and only if we all work together is this achievable.
With all this in mind, Dr. Holtz has managed to partner up with parents and various community members in order to achieve all this as well as become the leader of a very successful urban school reform. He has managed to build one of the finest schools and students are more than happy to attend the classes here.
Dr. Holtz also managed to put together teams that are always working on improving their Academy and raising academic achievements of all students that attend this center of education.
“Originally, Common Core was marketed across America as a Corvette, and what we received was a manure spreader,” said Holtz. “Governors, legislators, educators and citizens all across the country were misled through high pressure marketing of the Common Core standards. We were promised one thing and given another.
As a school superintendent, I saw firsthand how former-President Obama’s administration sought to implement a one-size-fits-all, top-down curriculum scheme that increased government bureaucracy and heightened the risk of politicized curriculum decisions, instead of improving student performance.
The state exam based on Common Core standards really did not give us a clear picture of how our kids were competing academically, so as superintendent, I wrote a grant so my students could take the international PISA-OECD test. I wanted them to be able to compete not only on a local level, but an international level as well.
The current Forward exam is based on the Common Core. This forces district administrators, who want their students to do well on the test, to align their curriculum with Common Core standards. By working with the Governor and legislators, Common Core can be eliminated immediately. If we truly believe it is bad for our kids, we can’t afford to wait any longer.
This would require changing the current Forward exam, which DPI administers to our students, and giving our teachers and parents a different test to use. This can be done with little or no additional cost to our taxpayers. While such a decision might lead to some break-up fees, regaining local control of curriculum decisions should outweigh that cost. Changing to a prescriptive test, such as the MAP test, returns control for curriculum development to the district level, while at the same time providing our teachers with timely information about how their students are learning.
What was intended to be the solution that would upgrade the educational system in Wisconsin, turned out to be a complete fraud and we will not put up with it. That is why Dr. Lowell Holtz started this initiative to completely and immediately eliminate common core in Wisconsin because he truly believes that it will bring nothing good to the educational system in our county.
Instead of boosting that academic spirit of our future students, we seem to get nothing but more bureaucracy. As a superintendent, I simply do not see who this will be helpful to our future students in any way. The new system was supposed to make it easier on them, instead of doing that, it will only make it even harder and that is not good at all. I just feel an obligation to these kids and I cannot and will not support this system.
As Superintendent of Public Instruction, I will expect higher performance goals from our schools, while at the same time fight to keep control of our schools in the hands of our families, teachers, students and local communities,” he concluded.
In every community I have served, we have reduced the dropout rate and in a high poverty urban district substantially increased the graduation rate.
DPI has failed to serve our children and our communities by creating a system where we have as many as 40% of students in some districts dropping out of school. According to DPI’s WISEdash site, as of the 2014-15 school year, the four-year completion rate for Milwaukee Public Schools was 58.2%. This is creating a huge drain on the economy of the entire state. It is estimated that the state of Wisconsin averages about 7,000 dropouts per year. 7000. We are NOT creating a workforce; we are creating welfare communities that become high crime areas. Children who drop out do not have the education or training to do anything else.
Dropouts lower incomes, add to high unemployment rates, an increased need for medical care, and a higher propensity for incarceration creates a virtual vortex that consumes Wisconsinites tax dollars at a vicious rate. In 2011 dropouts cost the state of Wisconsin $503 million in Medicaid costs, incarceration costs and lost income tax.
The economic drain is enormous and negatively impacts every community and individual in Wisconsin. Working with community leaders, we not only reduced that dropout rate, but found opportunities for the students who dropped out in the past. We developed programs which successfully trained former dropouts for graduation and the work opportunities that came along with it.
By the way, the graduation rate is now one of the incumbent’s priorities for his DPI Agenda 2017. Why did we have to lose about 56,000 kids to poverty and crime during his terms in office before it became a priority?
DPI has failed our children by allowing the achievement gaps to get so out of control that according to a recent Journal Sentinel article Wisconsin is last in the nation! Not near the top taking the lead, not even mediocre in the middle somewhere. Dead Last. The largest gap in the country.
If after eight years in office we are dead last in any achievement category, you will not have to worry about voting me out. I will leave because I have failed to serve the children of our state. I personally guarantee that after eight years in office I will have successfully collaborated with our school communities to not only decrease failing schools but close the achievement gaps and increase academic competition on the national and global level, you will not have to vote me out. Again, working with community leaders in Beloit, we raised the bar across the board for every student. The result? We slashed the achievement gap and substantially increased achievement scores at all levels!
We need to give our kids the education they need to be competitive not just in our community, but on a national and global level as well. That is who they will be competing with for the jobs. We need kids who are employed so we don’t have to worry about creating a “welfare state”, but rather we want to create a workforce that has the ability to not only sustain Social Security, but ensure that it is there for themselves and future generations. It does not happen without a solid education.
That is why it is so important to work on the quality of our education here. That is exactly why we insist so on teaching our students how to manage their time, work in teams, communicate, compromise and become responsible. During my time here, I have personally made sure that I get in touch with parents and community members who are associated with the high education institutions.
I did this because I saw the need to present these issues to them and ask for their help in order to rise above the situation and find the best possible solution that would be most beneficial to our students. They are the pillar of our society and the very example of how successful our educational system in Wisconsin really is. This is how we eventually managed to become one of the most distinguished educational centers in a very short period of time.
No one can do this on their own. Teams I have put together have done it in the past and I have a plan for working collaboratively with all of Wisconsin’s districts to do it in the future!