Thank you for this article. Most legislative decisions are based on building the
economy and bringing new businesses into the state. I don't think our
leaders fully understand how much their anti-education policies keep Utah from
being the true business leader in the nation. Too many people choose not to
relocate to Utah because of how poorly education is funded and the other
ridiculous policies imposed on schools. Once we change the mindset of our
government leaders, I predict our economy will grow tremendously.
All for it. But you might want to involve a few school teachers in this massive
central planning effort.
No mention in the article about how the low-funding affects student scores.
Utah is not in the bottom in that area. I'm all for more funding, but only
for teachers salaries, reducing class sizes, and tech innovation. No more money
for administration. We are already too top heavy in this state.
A business leader with insight. Refreshing. Thank you.
There already is a long range strategic plan for public education. It was
approved by the State Board of Education in 2010 and has been updated yearly.
The State Board has been implementing that plan with the assistance of the
Legislature. In doing so, the State Board has significantly upgraded standards,
changed the testing of students to be more productive to both students and
teachers, instituted 100% participation in ACT, among others. It is the State
Board who is the chief executive over public education. One of the biggest
problems, however, is that there are many other parties who want to be in charge
and end up diverting Legislative funding to areas not endorsed by the actual
decision maker. A good example is this op ed piece. Mr. Anderson notes that a
comprehensive plan is being developed and citizens should support it. Notice
who is missing from the list of participants? The actual decision maker. The
best thing that stakeholders can do is become involved with the State Board.
Help move the strategic plan forward.
Any sensible, long-range plan for education funding must include diligent
enforcement of immigration law. This of course means requiring that those in
this country illegally return to their lawful countries of residence and take
their their American- and foreign-born children with them (children born in this
country may choose to return to this country when they become adults). One must
admit that a great deal of education dollars are being spent on remedial
education of children of illegal aliens and that this is affecting the education
of America's children.