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Utah lawmakers have mastered the art of punting. For two years, they punted on health care for poor families and are still punting. The latest punt was not deciding on the selection of the state school board ca...
Making sure our public policies reflect our values requires our collective conscience. For in the end what’s at stake is the heart and soul of our society.
The late former Salt Lake City Mayor Deedee Corradini showed us great things can get done by leaders who lead with values learned early in life and by putting community and public service over self.
By not passing Healthy Utah, state lawmakers leave compassion at the door ands millions of tax dollars in Washington. Meanwhile, Utah taxpayers may end up paying hundreds of millions of dollars to move the pris...
What state lawmakers fail to see is they are the ones who created Utah's public education system as it exists today — without a vision and in chaos. They broke it, they own it.
The Utah Legislature is considering dumping a $6.5 million annual student assessment without in-depth assessment. Rather, lawmakers should stop and ask what the purpose of testing is, who should be tested and h...
In considering amendments to the Serious Youth Offender Law, state lawmakers are reaffirming Utah's commitment to have a justice system that protects both the interests of the children and society.
From 13 years ago to today, state leaders and legislators seem more intent on drafting bills and creating programs to supposedly focus on education — but they have yet to maintain much sustained innovatio...
Businesses should take the initiative and get together with educators and share how businesses can tie in workplace learning with classwork learning. That investment may yield the greatest return for employers.
Can you imagine students, with their parents, planning their educations with apps and taking their plans to school to help them become a reality? There is nothing more empowering than taking control over one...