Utah lawmaker calls for end of compulsory education

Published: Tuesday, July 16 2013 10:45 a.m. MDT

"The same could be said about the Legislature that (Osmond) is saying about parents, that the Legislature has completely disengaged themselves," she said.

Osmond said there are a number of questions that still need to be addressed, such as tweaks to the way teachers are evaluated based on student performance if students were no longer required to attend school. He also said the nonacademic services provided by schools should not necessarily be done away with, but the way those community needs are addressed should be re-evaluated.

Osmond said he plans to present legislation on compulsory education during the upcoming session. He said he will be meeting with the Utah Education Association, State Board of Education, local school boards and educators to discuss the potential bill and welcomes feedback from the community on the subject.

"I think the key is that as a community, it is our responsibility to provide access to those in need with help and support," he said. "What I’m hoping to accomplish with this bill is to restore the trust and respect and professionalism of teachers as a facility of learning and not as a social worker."

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