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  • 10CC Bountiful, UT
    Oct. 18, 2013 5:45 p.m.

    2 bits:

    Nobody would argue that parental support is not a big piece in a child's chances of success. My wife teaches at a Title 1 Jr. HS, and a very disturbing percentage of the kids are failing. Combine that with about 40 out of her 180 students' parents who bothered to show up for parent teacher conferences, and you have a discouraging situation.

    So, what do we do? Although it would be preferable for the parents to take a strong interest in their childrens' educations, in many cases, for a number of reasons, this isn't happening. We have a ticking time bomb as these kids grow up very poorly prepared for a competitive work force.

    The schools offer additional support, and through an organization called "Latinos in Action", older kids are mentoring younger kids after school, although many Utahns would consider this to be some kind of racist, radical breeding ground for Democrats.

    A big problem is class size. It's difficult to really teach when it's mostly a baby-sitting situation.

    Most teachers start at the rough schools and move to easier schools, as soon as they can.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    Oct. 18, 2013 5:40 p.m.

    It's basically what you would expect out of a grading evaluation written by a pro voucher lobbyist and passed by bought off pro voucher legislators.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Oct. 18, 2013 11:29 a.m.

    The irony is... schools on the West side get just as much funding as other schools (thanks to the Utah State Legislature and the Utah State Board of Education).

    So much for the argument that the only thing that matters is per-pupil spending!
    We spend as much on education on the West side as we do anywhere.

    Obviously there's something more important than Per-Pupil Spending... what COULD it be? Hmmm... strokes his chin and wonders...

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    Oct. 18, 2013 9:28 a.m.

    Everyone already knows that the west side schools and the alternative schools are going to get F's. That will always be true. That's a foregone conclusion. This "de-grading system" is merely another way for the legislature to degrade the hard-working, poorly compensated teacher corps (of which I am NOT one, by the way).

  • Utah Dem Ogden, UT
    Oct. 18, 2013 9:16 a.m.

    Completely agree with this letter writer which just proves once again that the legislature has no business trying to be a super-school board. Please leave the job of education to educator.