Utah teachers embrace school choice

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  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    Jan. 20, 2012 10:24 p.m.

    No PeanutGallery, vouchers and tuition tax credits aren't good ideas. Do what I did and pony up your own money to send your child to private school, don't expect the government to give you money to do so. THAT IS CHOICE!

  • PeanutGallery Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 20, 2012 3:51 p.m.

    Vouchers and tuition tax credits are great ideas. Hopefully we'll support them next time.

  • Orem Parent Orem, UT
    Jan. 20, 2012 8:35 a.m.

    Online learning is a far cry from a real school. In fact the Dnews just reported on this a couple of days ago. There are a few classes that it would work well for but a vast majority of the time, a real teacher is MUCH better than sitting in front of a computer.

    Open high school does a better job of this but others don't.

    Plopping a kid in front of a computer is a sorry way to save money on teacher salaries, no matter what our legislators think.

  • squirt Taylorsville, ut
    Jan. 19, 2012 2:00 p.m.

    Not even worth a reply.

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    Jan. 19, 2012 12:36 p.m.

    Re: "Imagine . . . blaming UEA."

    So, which chapter do you preside over, boss?

  • squirt Taylorsville, ut
    Jan. 19, 2012 12:31 p.m.

    Imagine, procuradorfiscal, blaming UEA. Shock and awe!

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    Jan. 19, 2012 12:05 p.m.

    Re: "Public school teachers don't view "vouchers" or "choice" as a threat."

    Generally true. But their union bosses sure do!

    Anything that threatens the flow of union dues into their coffers, and/or threatens their ability to use those dues to exercise undue influence over politicians is threatening to any Big-labor organization like NEA/UEA.

  • HaHaHaHa Othello, WA
    Jan. 19, 2012 11:50 a.m.

    "Public school teachers don't view "vouchers" or "choice" as a threat. They see, like the rest of us, that these programs can easily be used, abused, and manipulated to fill the pockets of legislators and their special interest groups. At OUR expense!"

    Dumb comment! There IS a vast amount of spending on PUBLIC schools and their programs, that is "used and abused and minipulated to fill the pockets of legislators, their special interest groups (teacher and other unions, contractors, suppliers, etc.) and in general anyone else who can get their finger in the pie. There is little or no incentive to control costs or demonstrate perfomance, or accept responsibilty for non-performance. No incentive to inovate, or go the extra mile, and help EVERY kid move forward and learn.
    Public school teacher groups are deeply opposed to school choice, because they are threatened by competition for the funding. Choice is the only option for improving schools and performance! Taxpayer funding should absolutely follow your choice!

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    Jan. 19, 2012 9:30 a.m.

    I remember needing a hug now and then from Miss Phillips, my 1st grade teacher. What do I do if Ms Tonks is teaching me online with 1000 other kids? Hug my laptop?
    Children need a loving teacher, not a mechanism.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    Jan. 19, 2012 8:31 a.m.

    There are a lot of misconceptions in this letter, typical of the elitism club.

    Public school teachers don't view "vouchers" or "choice" as a threat. They see, like the rest of us, that these programs can easily be used, abused, and manipulated to fill the pockets of legislators and their special interest groups. At OUR expense!

    The public doesn't view that vouchers or online learning as threats. However, we the people, believe that choice is already there. It already exists! If you want to take an online course or go to a private/charter school, go with our blessing. But stop asking for the rest of us to pay for YOUR choice.

    Online learning and private schools can and must continue to develop... INDEPENDENT of government handouts (and our tax dollars).

  • Dektol Powell, OH
    Jan. 19, 2012 8:18 a.m.

    Teachers have the right to move from one school to another if they want. Some students can move to a different school if they have a better academic program. Why not Athletes? Allow them to move for a better Coach or program. Many will have a career in Athletics after High School, whether as Athletes or support personnel, coaches or trainers or agents. Allow Athletes to benefit from the best we have to offer by choosing what program/school/coach they want to play for.

  • Chuck E. Racer Lehi, UT
    Jan. 19, 2012 7:34 a.m.

    Yup, there is choice now. Just DON'T pass voucher laws, because that will bring them all under the government's power. And then there will be NO CHOICE, when all schools have to do it the government's way.