Esquire:States follow federal guidelines because they don't
want to lose funding. The Bush administration forced Utah into NCLB by
threatening most all of federal funding. Yes, those unrelated to education as
well.The feds are not concerned with educating children, but in
control. Don't look into what's said, but in what has been done. The
evidence is there, and clear to see.
@Bored to the point of THIS!So tell us specifically how much does it
cost to educate a pupil? in other words, how much should we be
spending?Leftest yapping about more and more spending is useless.Chris Stewart is right,More federal control and intrusion is
never the answer,Local control and power closest to the people is
Maybe he could share that with Mr. Stephenson and the other Utah State
Republican legislators who send 200+ bills per year to the floor of the house
and senate to try and "fix" education.
Does Stewart's speech mean that he plans on being in politics long enough
for those kids to vote? Or is he just grandstanding for their parents. Utah spends next to nothing on public education relative to other
states! Maybe he should use all his energy to encourage local leaders to get
busy and fund education. After all, he's an influential political leader.
It would be nice if we could move up a few spots on per pupil
spending. Although being last does have an advantage. When people ask
"where does Utah rank"? We don't have to remember some arbitrary
number. All we have to remember is "We're last!".
I am tired of the bashing of the Common Core. I graduated from BYU and have
taught in Arizona and Utah since 1982. I currently teach 4th grade, and my
students learned much more in math this year than ever before. Students are
helped to have a deeper understanding of concepts and to apply the math. The
new language arts program encourages much more writing. When someone can
explain their ideas, they understand them. If teachers are properly trained, it
is so much better than anything I've seen in my 30 years of teaching. I
spent the last two summers getting trained in the new Common Core, and that has
made a world of difference. The Common Core is a good program.
It is very sad that politicians can spout their political nonsense in the public
So make it happen, Congressman. After all the talk, and total control by
conservatives, Utah is still a tepid educational state. The feds, who are trying
to push the states to do better, are not stopping you. Enough whining. Just do