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Published: Sunday, Sept. 1 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Twin Lights
Louisville, KY

A few questions please:

Isn’t what Utah had before common core “a curriculum with Utah standards and requirements”?

Exactly how are “higher education and Utah Colleges of Applied Technology (UCAT) [to] “respond to the market needs of the economy by aligning their educational standards and requirements accordingly.”?

How does giving the governor more control over public schools make them more efficient and effective? How would it be “more responsive to student needs and achievement”?

Finally, how exactly should “the University of Utah should raise its standards and requirements, advancing itself among the top 10 state universities and top 50 of all universities throughout the nation”? Virtually every flagship university in the country is trying to do the same. Doing so requires lots of money and over a sustained period. You have to buy the facilities, people, and programs to create that kind of reputation.

Seems long on hyperbole but short on practical ideas.

RWSmith6
Providence, UT

First things first, Senator. Before rearranging the chairs on the deck of a sinking ship, let's save the ship.

The governor and legislature should develop a reliable, dedicated stream of new money for public education. Utah is an extraordinary state with an extraordinary problem in funding education. The old "do more with less formula" has kept us scrambling year to year just to keep up with growth, let alone think big thoughts for K-12. Annualized patch, patch, patch should be scrapped in favor of long-term planning for the funding of our public schools. Our children deserve better if we're really as pro-family and pro-large families as we claim.

The sinking ship? Worn out and demoralized teachers who are overburdened, undercompensated, and endlessly micromanaged by you and your colleagues. Attracting and retaining the very best teaching talent should be the goal

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

Besides plenty of dedicated teachers who go beyond the call of duty despite derision from the public and legislators and better than usual involved parents, there is absolutely nothing in Utah's model anyone should want to emulate. Our classrooms are bursting with students, there are no plans to deal with an ever increasing diverse population and as there said up there well, no long range plans for education. The chickens are coming home to roost so to speak and unless something changes quickly, a course set for a disastrous conclusion is well on its way.

metisophia
Ogden, UT

blah, blah, blah

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