State School Board approves extension of NCLB waiver

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  • slave American Fork, UT
    Aug. 11, 2014 3:31 p.m.

    Can someone explain to me why the common core is such a bad thing. From what I have read there is no lowering of standards in any state. There is no loss of control at any state level. Only requirement is that to receive Federal money that the minimum is set for what our children must as a whole be able to understand and at what level they must perform at before moving on to the next level. No more graduation for being able to excel at only dance.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Aug. 10, 2014 2:46 p.m.

    Let's require politicians to achieve 100 percent governing proficiency.

    They are accountable to the people, not the other way around.

    NPLB---No politician left behind. No more deficit spending!

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Aug. 10, 2014 2:19 p.m.

    * seventeen trillion dollar debt--$600,000 for every second in a year
    * can't secure the borders
    * IRS scandals
    * VA hospitals losing patients

    And we trust these folks to run education?

    How's Head Start working out? Has poverty been reduced?

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    Aug. 10, 2014 12:05 p.m.

    I wish these people would get this worked up about the class sizes their children are in.

  • EJM Herriman, UT
    Aug. 10, 2014 10:42 a.m.

    Why is it that when people don't get their way they feel as if those in charge didn't hear them out? If that's the case nothing would ever happen. So here's what you do the next time. Vote,them out and put your person in. Pretty simple. Sad part though is that in our state people complain about the state legislature but they never vote those folks out. We keep returning to office the same representatives we complain about. Go figure.

  • gridlockisbetter Toosmalltosay, UT
    Aug. 9, 2014 9:51 p.m.

    Both sides of this argument could learn something from the other side. There are a lot of unintended consequences that are possible.

    As a general principle, when people mandate impossible things--as NCLB does--and only give waivers for following their plan, I feel used and manipulated. I would prefer to pull back, tell them to stuff their waivers, and keep their manipulation to themselves.

    In revolutionary America, I think it sounded like "Don't tread on me!"

  • Linus Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 9, 2014 8:39 p.m.

    Saying CC is local doesn't make it so. Common Core is NOT local control. But a man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.

  • timpClimber Provo, UT
    Aug. 9, 2014 6:52 a.m.

    Spent a week in July as a member of a SAGE question writing group. We got to know and use the State core for our subject very well. I have also carefully read the Common Core for the subject. The State core is superior and requires greater depth of thinking and problem solving. More important the SAGE test is written by teachers, reviewed by parents, tested and evaluated by teachers again. Has three levels of difficulty and each question and its results evaluated after being used by students. All this by Utah teachers, parents and students not some non-Utahn entity. USOE should be commended for its leadership in putting and keeping our State education system under local control. Parents, do your part and volunteer to be part of the SAGE test review.

  • Lifelong Republican Orem, UT
    Aug. 9, 2014 4:29 a.m.

    The green shirts and sending a mob to the meeting didn't help their cause much either. I watched a couple of the green shirt ladies get up and invoke the constitution and the founding fathers, even Lord of the Rings. They passionately were pleading their cause. That is their right but I have to say it came across quite awkward for a school board meeting. Shouting and shaking doesn't come across the way they think it does They think if they act this way the school board will somehow get behind them? Go back and watch the video of the meeting and you will see that every time a green shirt got up, the faces of the board members go blank, and attention is lost. It is almost as if they feel that getting up there makes the more righteous in their cause. It didn't work and usually doesn't. Making your kids go protest with you and sit through a three hour board meeting doesn't help either. But that group will claim their kids are getting a good education from it. They would be better off playing with some friends. It is summer vacation time.

  • bill in af American Fork, UT
    Aug. 8, 2014 9:18 p.m.

    It is strange to me that the vocal minority (anti Common Core misinformed activists) feel that we should have more local control of our education system, yet feel that those who make decisions in our behalf (locally elected school board members) who favor the state school board's decision for the waiver to NCLB are out of touch with their wishes. What anti CC people are saying is we know what is best for education and WE want to control it because we know what is best. That is control by anarchy. NCLB was a flawed national education control program from the beginning and was the brain child of the Republican party. Those who really understand what Common Core is know that it is a step in the right direction to get us closer to local control of education. Now, if the state legislature would stop their efforts to undermine local school boards, we will be even closer to moving in that direction.

  • Orem Parent Orem, UT
    Aug. 8, 2014 9:03 p.m.

    I'm a parent. They did what I wanted them to do. They are doing what a vast majority of parents in Utah wanted them to do. That is called representing your constituents. Nice work. Thanks for doing what is best for my kids and our schools.

  • Orem Parent Orem, UT
    Aug. 8, 2014 8:59 p.m.

    I love it when common sense prevails.

    Great job to all involved. Thanks for doing what 99% of the public supports.