Rep. Kathy Tyler (D-4/Big Stone City) provides another example of the South Dakota Legislature's philosophy that, when it comes to education, you don't want a bunch of experts telling you what to do:
We also had to choose two new members for the education interim study. Paula Hawks, Hartford, has taken on a new job, and Dick Werner, Huron, did not feel he had the time to devote to the committee. A couple of us tried to get Ray Ring, a former university economics professor assigned to the committee, but failed. Some on the committee didn’t want another educator—there are four of us. It was felt that we needed more varied backgrounds. Representatives Don Haggar and Jenna Haggar from Sioux Falls will fill the two positions. Don is on the appropriations committee, and Jenna is vice-chair of the House Education Committee [Rep. Kathy Tyler, "A Week of Learning," Kathy's Corner, 2013.06.15].
Oh yeah, because when you want variety on a committee, you elect father and daughter Republicans.
Paula Hawks is a former public school teacher. Don Haggar homeschooled Jenna and his four other kids. The Haggar legislative twins eagerly backed House Bill 1173 to drain public education of the funding necessary to provide free and fair public education for all citizens.
Replacing an experienced educator with a father-daughter team committed to peddling the mythos of a failing public education system lays bare the Republican majority's approach to education: the last thing we want is a bunch of teachers studying education.