"They should ...downsize public education’s organizational structure
so it can respond to the needs of students and employers for the digital and
global economy, and allow for local control and bottom-up planning."One of the goals of socialism is to have worker control and ownership of
enterprise as much as is practicable. Once again I propose teacher managed and
owned school cooperatives on the VERY local level. Let parents be the judge of
how well they do. Let parents shop for the best cooperative they can find.
This allows for worker (teacher) management and parental control. No more state
level bureaucracy. One would think Senator Stephenson would flip cart wheels
over this proposal. One would be wrong.Because as John Florez
correctly surmises the legislature Republicans love the bureaucracies they run.
"They should...downsize public education’s organizational structure...
" As Florez should know, there is no way this can happen with today's
politics - same is true with higher ed's top heavy administration (with
salaries to match).It will take a revolution of the type I describe
to change anything. In the meantime, how about some teacher
cooperative pilot projects, John? Nothing else, and I do mean nothing, will
change this administrative overload.
Interesting facts about "big government":The size of the federal
government grew by 40% when Bush was president. It has shrunk since President
Obama has been in office.
Please wake up Utah and get Howard Stevenson out of our education. This is just
another step to privatize education so he and his family can make millions. Do
your research Utah. Howard Stevenson is the worst thing to ever happen to
education in the state of Utah. Please, Please learn what businesses he and his
family are involved in and why he votes the way he does on education issues.
Shhhhhh, Ernest. You'll rattle conservative cages if you spout the truth
like that. They can't handle it.
It's time that someone other that Howard Stephenson, ardent foe of public
education, was the chair of the Senate Education Committee. He should be
removed from this position. He should be removed from the State Senate.
Sad, sad days in the utah legislature.The only one worth his salt is
Osmond.How do these guys keep getting elected?
How about if we just replace the left-leaning Board of Education and their
policies with new members who will focus eduction to meet real world needs, not
create endless fiefdoms for the eduction bureaucrats who add no value in
It is no secret that Stephenson wants to dismantle public education in favor of
online education (his ultimate goal). This is yet another bill that intends to
do just that.
When conservatives start to defund local education it only pushes the education
groups to seek money elsewhere just the way cities have done since the
conservatives have sought to take away their power to raise taxes to meet their
local needs. Now local governments send lobbyists to washington dc to get money
and help. And this is what we might see in the future from local school
districts. This is how big federal government is grown, If you don't pay
for stuff locally to meet the needs of the people then those entities will go
calling to big government to have the needs of the people met.Its
time to wake up conservatives and stop having howard stevenson propose ideas
only to feed him and his buddies pockets.
And all Senator Stephenson wants to do is create his fiefdom. To call the Utah
State Board of Education left leaning is quite possibly the funniest thing I
have read in a long time. Come on now. this is Utah, the most conservative state
in our nation. Left leaning? I'm still chuckling.
Orem Parent - you wrote that Osmond was the only one worth his salt . Please
know that Osmond voted yes which is a favorable recommendation on SB34 in the
education committee - that's salt I can do without. I think Osmond played
a game with public education for a while having many if us believe he was a
supporter but he now is in lock step with how he is told to vote.
DN Subscriber almost 200 bills that in someway impact education in the
legislature this year and pretty much every year and you talk about the supposed
left leaning school board and their fiefdoms who add nothing to the education of
our children? The state board is practically powerless, it is the out of
control legislature that does not even allow educators to adapt to 2013 set of
new rules and regulations for the classroom before they add another couple of
hundred bills this year. Maybe the legislature should focus on finding ways to
properly fund education as opposed to new ways to micromanage education
I have been in educator for 36+ years and have consistently seen Howard
Stephenson try to undermine education in the state. 95% of our children are in
public schools. Why do we let an over-zealous legislator try to destroy the
system for our children? He is the first to criticize Congress for overstepping
their bounds in education. I submit that the state legislature is doing the
same thing on the local level. Leave more decisions in the hands of the locally
elected school boards and less in the the hands of a micro-managing legislature.
Stephenson is just a shill for those who would to privatize and profit from
public education, he could not care less about the education of your children,