John Florez: School board — Take a deep breath, create a vision

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  • Utefan60 Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 1, 2014 4:33 p.m.

    The leader of education should have a very strong background and education that supports strong leadership and non partisan policies. Just because Ms. Lockhart threw her hat into the ring should not qualify her to this position.

    We need to listen to educators, even the majority that support Common Core.

  • Homer1 MIDVALE, UT
    Aug. 31, 2014 11:30 p.m.

    Howard Beal isn't far off . . . but he can add the cynical vision of larger corporate and national interests who profit from the policies and ideas (cough cough common core and the new assessment regime)that are destroying public education while we watch it all happen, then they can move in after the privatization of education to fully control and profit on their terms without the pesky school boards and their "local control" to get in the way.

  • the greater truth Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 31, 2014 6:08 p.m.

    As long as the liberals and the elite left control education, there will be no vision.

    Just tax and more control, tax and more control, tax and more control...

    oh.. and attack anyone who has any real vision or alternative ideas that would destroy their fiefdom.

  • Chuck E. Racer Lehi, UT
    Aug. 30, 2014 2:27 p.m.

    Here is a complete vision for Utah's schools that will work, after getting us out from under the federal government's thumb.

    It can be found at It is called Public School Deregulation. If this vision for public education in Utah were pursued, students would do better all around, parents in general would be happier and more involved, and the costs would not continue to spiral out of control. The research and reasoning are there as appendages to support this vision. If people would read through it with inquiring minds after putting down their preconceived ideas, I believe most would find many things they would agree with.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    Aug. 30, 2014 12:19 p.m.

    Howard Beal nailed it.

    The vision is to kill off public education. What can you expect when you elect real estate developers and politicians with ties to private schools into powerful positions?

  • squirt Taylorsville, ut
    Aug. 30, 2014 7:13 a.m.

    John, another non-educator giving advice and counsel to other non-educators about how to "fix" public education. Therein lies the problem! First of all, public education in Utah has NEVER been given to the experts-educators. Those outside of education have had control for decades and the "reforms" of those outside of the profession are not working and are hurting children and teachers.
    You column should be advising the Board to listen to educators. To espouse hiring someone outside of education to be the education leader of the state speaks to the disrespect for educators and will only serve to continue the underhanded, teacher-bashing, for-profit privatization of our public schools.
    It is time for those who are not educators to get out of the business of micromanaging and destroying our public schools.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    Aug. 30, 2014 12:06 a.m.

    There is a vision. It's to destroy public education brick by brick through stupid policies and through demoralizing teachers.