"I never go down a toll road unless I have to," he said.
Scott, a substitute social studies teacher in Mason County schools, said he would like to remove regulations that "prevent teachers from teaching." He said students are required to take so many standardized "benchmark" tests that teachers barely have time to cover the required material.
"Before you get the last material taught, you're throwing something else at them," he said.
Scott, 30, of Hometown, said measuring student achievement is important but the current system is getting in the way of education. Teachers often give students answers to the benchmark tests to keep scores high, he said.
"I've seen it," he said. "There's so much we fail to teach."
Scott said at one high school where he worked, 60 percent of students could read at only a fourth-grade level. He said he would like to decentralize the education system and give more power to local school boards and parents.
He said the school system is focused more on mediocrity than on high achievement.
Butler, who has children in the third and sixth grades, agreed that the schools' expectations for children aren't high enough. But he does not want to lay all the blame on teachers because parents do not always support their children.
"How do you legislate parents doing the right thing?"