State School Board postpones decision on NCLB waiver

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  • gridlockisbetter Toosmalltosay, UT
    July 22, 2014 11:45 a.m.

    NCLB mandates an impossible 100% proficiency rating for all students...then it turns out you can get a waiver in exchange for adopting the common core, using a federally mandated data collection system, a federally dictated testing system, a federally dictated teacher evaluation system, and there are probably more federal mandates that I am unaware of.

    I believe that only the naive, uninformed or subservient could fail to see a federal takeover of education in all of this.

    We need to stop paying the equivalent of protection money to the feds and end NCLB and exit the common core.

  • Oldika Spanish Fork, UT
    July 18, 2014 8:07 p.m.

    Is the school board referring to the "locally created" accountability system mentioned on page 14 of Utah's 2012 Waiver application to the Department Ed promising: "Utah is interested in collaborating with the U.S. Department of Education to evaluate the effectiveness of our efforts under Principle 2: State‐developed differentiated recognition, accountability, and support…
    Upon receipt of approval for ESEA flexibility, Utah will collaborate with the Department in the development of an evaluation program to address these key questions. In partnership with the department, Utah will identify the specific tools and measurement strategies to use as part of this evaluation. With financial and technical support from the Department, the approved evaluation plan will be implemented to measure the effectiveness of Utah’s approach to Principle 2, specifically the practices associated with the UCAS performance and accountability system." Nice spin.

  • wessarah tooele, UT
    July 18, 2014 1:27 p.m.

    What? the common core has NOTHING to do with Federal government.
    HOWEVER, faithinus, I hope you can find a country whose military is not government controlled. perhaps your FREEDOM, which you propose to support, is too much reward to earn your GRATITUDE toward your country.
    DO SOME RESEARCH before you post comments that make you sound like you live in the dark ages and are afraid of GOD!
    Love this country, and the education it provides for all, or LEAVE! I'm sure IRAN would love to have you.

  • faithinus South Weber, UT
    July 18, 2014 9:09 a.m.

    Please, teachers, parents and anyone that is concerned about common core being used in Utah--I plead with you to do whatever it takes to boot it out of Utah!! It is a federal takeover of our children's education and teaching of evil propaganda is a breath away. Common core has ruined mathematics, literature and history. No longer do they study US presidents (with exception of George Washington)--it is now leaders of other huge countries which are communist controlled. A huge data collection by the government has already started on your children and their families to be used for "whatever purposes" the government deems necessary--a flagrant violation of your individual rights to privacy promised under the constitution. Do you want the government deciding what your children will be taught? Communist countries have common core to push propaganda. Parents, this is the most hideous takeover of education --please, be vigilant and stop common core - throw it out. We can come up with a better plan that isn't federally controlled--this power needs to be given back to the state with the teachers and parents in charge.