I cannot believe I am about to defend the state legislature but here goes - UTAH
Bill wrote that the state board is micromanaged by the state legislature, well
of course they are, because they, the state board is so good at waffling on
being decision makers, someone has to do it. The state board and more
specifically the state superintendent should be out-front and proactive on every
education issue in this state. Unfortunately that is not the case. Which is
one reason why I have questioned the need for a state school board.Lead or get out of the way.
It must be frustrating to be a teacher and have the state school board provide a
lack of direction. Teachers put in a lot of time and effort to meet these
education mandates and if the state school board pulls out of the Common Core
and goes back to NCLB, why should they lift a finger to meeting yet another
mandate that will just disappear in a year or two anyway?
Florez is wrong. The Board is micromanaged by legislators to the point it no
longer runs the system - it coordinates it. So, instead of a research-directed
education system we have one that's driven by elected non-educators who
issue paralyzing and problematic directives. And, they direct Education to move
what money is available to inefficient and ineffective programs instead of where
legitimate needs exist. Want a better Education system? Let the professionals
work and stay out of their way.
John, this is a well intended, though incomplete editorial. Are you saying that
the Waiver today has the exact same impact as the Waiver of a decade ago? Two
years ago?Much has changed, even over the past two years. Common
Core is a problem that was imposed on America with absolutely no debate or
input. And now as many Utahans are becoming aware of it there is much concern,
and in some cases, outrage. This is ulimately what the waiver impact
involves. You should provide full disclosure. The debate has changed. You are
either not informed on all aspects or you are not telling the whole story.
Either case, sad!
The state board has been politicized to the point of paralysis. Each election
brings new governor appointed business lackeys to the board.
Better be careful John. You are making too much sense. The same accountability
that this school board insists upon from those of us in public education they
refuse to expect from themselves. Here's why. It is always easier to play
the blame game towards others than to look at themselves in the mirror.