John Florez: Utah State School Board should take the heat

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  • E. Hindman Ogden, UT
    June 15, 2014 8:01 a.m.

    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.

  • Kings Court Alpine, UT
    June 14, 2014 9:55 p.m.

    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?

  • UTAH Bill Salt Lake City, UT
    June 14, 2014 2:17 p.m.

    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.

  • JMT Springville, UT
    June 14, 2014 10:01 a.m.

    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!

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    June 14, 2014 9:46 a.m.

    The state board has been politicized to the point of paralysis. Each election brings new governor appointed business lackeys to the board.

  • EJM Herriman, UT
    June 14, 2014 12:25 a.m.

    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.