School board candidates quizzed on funding, school choice, Common Core

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  • Chuck E. Racer Lehi, UT
    June 4, 2014 8:40 a.m.

    "Candidates were routinely asked what they would do to help create a positive atmosphere as the state moves forward with implementation (of Common Core)." It is not possible to create a positive atmosphere implementing Common Core, because it is inferior, and most importantly it ends up giving away control of our children's education to an unelected group in Washington D.C. A free people cannot give away that freedom and responsibility if they hope to pass that freedom on to the next generation. Since there are many people who value this in Utah, they will continue to oppose and fight this. There is not anything board members can do to create a "positive atmosphere" and implement CC together. There is no way to "smooth" giving away that control, though USOE, etc., have been trying. Opposition will only increase, so that question is a worthless question, unless it is merely being used to get rid of those who oppose CC as candidates.

    If you really want to solve the issue, get candidates who will get Utah OUT of CC.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    June 4, 2014 12:59 a.m.

    A government which operates education will control it's people.

  • John1787 Sandy, UT
    June 3, 2014 10:38 p.m.

    I don't know everything about Common Core. I do know that many thoughtful and reasonable parents who aren't particularly politically active are very upset about it. If the School Board's attitude towards them is really as dismissive as the article indicates, that's very disappointing and tells me a lot about the School Board.

    Curiously, the School Board's website contains a lot of errors and misleading information about Common Core. The website claims the "standards do not tie Utah to any federal programs, grants, or assessment systems, and the Utah State Board of Education is free to change the Utah Core Standards at any time." Well, not exactly. Utah's waiver to the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) program is contingent on adoption of Common Core. And Utah isn't free to abandon or change the standards at any time. The standards are licensed by private entities that stipulate the states can only change the standards by adding up to 15 percent more standards. Indiana has backed out of Common Core and is now having its NCLB waiver questioned by the U.S. Department of Education.

  • John1787 Sandy, UT
    June 3, 2014 10:18 p.m.

    Wow! Have the selection standards or performances of current Board members fallen so low that it's necessary for chairman of the committee to point out that candidates should be "willing to commit their time" to do the job. It sounds like they're hiring teenagers for a paper route. "We expect you do the route every day. This isn't something you can just blow off if you feel like hanging out with your friends at the mall."

    If the pinnacle of your philosophy as a selection committee member is the idea that Board members should actually spend time doing their jobs and be "team players," I would suggest that you haven't spent much time doing your job. The chairman's comments are inane and vapid. I pray the D-News made an editing error and had the bad judgment to pick out a few out-of-context quotes that really don't reflect the chairman's best thinking on this subject. Otherwise, our kids are in trouble.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    June 3, 2014 6:27 p.m.

    An increase in pay would be great, but mostly, teachers quit because they are soooo micromanaged.

  • Evets Eagle Mountain, UT
    June 3, 2014 1:34 p.m.

    Talk about group think....they send forward the names of those that agree with their views on education. We need diversity in the Board so that there is healthy discussion when new issues are considered. Screen for intelligent people with a vision but also consider a variety of people with different visions, different opinions. We don't need more of the same. What we need is a group that can come up with alternative ideas and a group that can have a healthy discussion.

  • Elles Lehi, UT
    June 3, 2014 10:14 a.m.

    This process is horribly flawed. There is a significant number in my district concerned with Common Core, and yet this group of 12 unelected individuals are permitting us to vote for only those candidates who agree to promote Common Core?? What?? Rather than giving us a choice of an intelligent candidate willing to take a critical look at the standards, we are going to be given the option of voting for one of two candidates, both of whom are going to do little more than parrot back Common Core talking points. Lovely.

    I agree with the idea that candidates should be vetted, thus I support the caucus system where delegates are elected by the people(not appointed by one person) and where delegates vet candidates based on a platform that was also voted on. If we want true diversity of opinion, then we need to have candidates who represent the views of various parties- not candidates hand picked to represent the agenda of 12 people appointed by the governor. I, for one, will not be a part of this pretense of democracy- I will write in the name of an eliminated candidate who represents my views if I have to.