Change online education in Utah

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  • Goet Ogden, UT
    Sept. 26, 2011 2:02 p.m.

    As written, by the time a student begins to take all online classes, the district will have to PAY an online, out of state company to educate them. The public school may never see them, but will still pay out of pocket.

    This is a scam.

  • Orem Parent Orem, UT
    Sept. 25, 2011 5:46 p.m.

    West Granger,

    This statement is false -

    " U.S. schools are rated near the bottom internationally"

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 24, 2011 10:54 a.m.

    They are on Facebook al day anyway.

  • squirt Taylorsville, ut
    Sept. 24, 2011 9:14 a.m.

    We should all be concerned that a State School Board Member is advocating in support of extending this opportunity as it is currently written. The cost of each online course is approximately $723 per course. That money now goes to the online provider, which in most cases is K-12 Online Learning, an out of state company. So let's do the math- 723 x 2= $1426 That is an exhorbitant amount of the WPU. Now, let's talk about increasing the number of online courses to eight periods. 723 x 8= $5784 more than we currently spend per pupil in Utah.

    The system is being "bled to death." To say Utah schools are failing when they have never been given adequate funding to make a difference and then take away any precious dollars to send to other providers, is simply setting up a system of failure-that translates to children.

    Shame on this school board member for her support of such a travesty.

  • WestGranger West Valley City, Utah
    Sept. 24, 2011 1:49 a.m.

    Excellent article. It is vital that parents become more empowered to make the choices in their child's education. A caring parent has a unique insight into their child's particular needs. Somehow it is difficult for the majority of the education establishment to understand this. This lack of understanding is one of the fatal flaws of public schools. It is one of many reasons why U.S. schools are rated near the bottom internationally. Perhaps they think that their degrees in education enable them to know what is best for our children.

  • jotab Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 23, 2011 11:01 a.m.

    The reason is because the original intent was not to benefit the students in the state but rather private, out-of-state companies. After the curtain was pulled back on this on-line voucher bill, the bill was amended and changed. What was left was poor legislation that hurt the current Electronic High School and created and inefficiency within school districts. Ms. Pyfer describes it well in her commentary. Senator Stephenson created bad legislation once again by trying to profitize a part of the public education system.

  • Orem Parent Orem, UT
    Sept. 23, 2011 10:59 a.m.

    This whole online thing is one more way for our legislature to make education for profit.

    If they really wanted to do online school they just need to look no further than BYU. BYU has had online classes for years now and for much cheaper than what the state is trying to give parents and students. I think a typical BYU online class is around $150. The state is giving $700 per class. That is $550 per class that could be going to real schools instead.

    Seems like an easy solution to me.

    And it is cheaper.

    Usually what conservatives like, except our legislature. Especially when they can take a dig at public ed.