Rep. Chris Stewart says school improvement best handled at local level

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  • worf Mcallen, TX
    May 29, 2013 9:04 p.m.


    States follow federal guidelines because they don't want to lose funding. The Bush administration forced Utah into NCLB by threatening most all of federal funding. Yes, those unrelated to education as well.

    The feds are not concerned with educating children, but in control. Don't look into what's said, but in what has been done. The evidence is there, and clear to see.

  • the truth Holladay, UT
    May 29, 2013 6:37 p.m.

    @Bored to the point of THIS!

    So tell us specifically how much does it cost to educate a pupil?

    in other words, how much should we be spending?

    Leftest yapping about more and more spending is useless.

    Chris Stewart is right,

    More federal control and intrusion is never the answer,

    Local control and power closest to the people is always best.

  • Fred44 Salt Lake City, Utah
    May 29, 2013 9:58 a.m.

    Maybe he could share that with Mr. Stephenson and the other Utah State Republican legislators who send 200+ bills per year to the floor of the house and senate to try and "fix" education.

  • Bored to the point of THIS! Ogden, UT
    May 29, 2013 9:55 a.m.

    Does Stewart's speech mean that he plans on being in politics long enough for those kids to vote? Or is he just grandstanding for their parents.

    Utah spends next to nothing on public education relative to other states! Maybe he should use all his energy to encourage local leaders to get busy and fund education. After all, he's an influential political leader.

    It would be nice if we could move up a few spots on per pupil spending. Although being last does have an advantage. When people ask "where does Utah rank"? We don't have to remember some arbitrary number. All we have to remember is "We're last!".

  • cityslickergrandma Salt Lake City, UT
    May 29, 2013 9:00 a.m.

    I am tired of the bashing of the Common Core. I graduated from BYU and have taught in Arizona and Utah since 1982. I currently teach 4th grade, and my students learned much more in math this year than ever before. Students are helped to have a deeper understanding of concepts and to apply the math. The new language arts program encourages much more writing. When someone can explain their ideas, they understand them. If teachers are properly trained, it is so much better than anything I've seen in my 30 years of teaching. I spent the last two summers getting trained in the new Common Core, and that has made a world of difference. The Common Core is a good program.

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 29, 2013 8:18 a.m.

    It is very sad that politicians can spout their political nonsense in the public schools.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    May 29, 2013 5:54 a.m.

    So make it happen, Congressman. After all the talk, and total control by conservatives, Utah is still a tepid educational state. The feds, who are trying to push the states to do better, are not stopping you. Enough whining. Just do it.