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The board has appointed a new superintendent who should carry out its intent of bringing clear direction and expectations to public education. Now, the Legislature and governor should assist the board in fulfil...
What are we to believe when Gov. Gary Herbert says he supports children and education but then turns down the opportunity to apply for a federal grant of up to $15 million for preschool programs for Utah’...
The recent forum on school absenteeism reminded me of what the keynote speaker said at a child welfare conference I attended in California many years ago: “Our children are the best diagnosed, but no one ...
How about parents and teachers running their own schools? Schools where local people have actual control that prepare students to thrive in a new world.
It looks like legislators have turned public education into a house of cards ready to collapse from too many needless laws piled on a shaky foundation.
We need a state school board that is elected by the voters who have the public’s interest and the future of our students as their focus, without being encumbered with political ties.
The main problem is that politicians seem to have now compromised UTA’s original mission — moving people — and allowed it to become more of a private developer’s organization instead of ...
The state school board needs to have a vision established before — not after — selecting a new superintendent.
It’s parents' right to know their child is safe at school, and it’s the school board's responsibility to take safety seriously as well as the reporting of incidents and protections.
The governor and legislators take pride in touting Utah as the best-managed state in the union, at least when it comes to promoting business development; but it may be at the expense of the general public’...