After criticism, Herbert backs off push for SAGE on special session agenda

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  • Utah Keith Roy, UT
    May 11, 2016 8:21 a.m.

    Of course the governor opposes sage testing if it helps to get him elected... Sorry governor you lost my vote three years ago, and you turned me AGAINST YOU Two Years ago. Last year you sent me the message with the gasoline tax, you could care less about Utans and so I back Mr. Johnson! If he loses the Primary and isn't an independent, I will vote for the Democrat, it's time for you to GO!

  • Freedom Seeker Riverton, UT
    May 11, 2016 6:25 a.m.

    Competition not criticism is what caused Governor Herbert to flip flop on Sage. It is sad he has to be forced through competition in the campaign to follow the will of the people, rather than do it willingly.

  • Kaydell Layton, UT
    May 10, 2016 5:38 p.m.

    I agree with Jonathan "JJ" Johnson.

    Governor Herbert has been supporting Common Core and SAGE testing for years now. Now that Jonathan Johnson has been winning support for his priority in having more local control in education, Herbert wants our state legislators to drop what they're doing and treat SAGE as an emergency,

    I agree with Jonathan Johnson that we need local control in government. Herbert is a johnny come lately to the cause. It's not an emergency, it's Herbert's own policies coming back to haunt him.

  • JMT Springville, UT
    May 10, 2016 5:12 p.m.

    Of course it is political!

    Campaigns shape policy, all the time. Why should this cycle be any different? And so now, we wait and hope the legislature does the right thing?

    Think about this. A college graduate wants to attend Harvard Law, no problem, take the LSAT. It lasts about 3.5 hours. A 4th grader wants to attend 5th grade. No problem, take about 10 hours of SAGE tests.

    In context, it is easier to test into Harvard than it is 5th grade. SAGE is a failed test and a failed concept. Is Speaker Hughes informing us through his obstruction that he supports SAGE and Common Core?

  • Utah Teacher Orem, UT
    May 10, 2016 4:36 p.m.

    We've now been SAGE testing for 5 weeks at the jr. high. I couldn't use the technology again this week because the kids needed it for testing. So 5 weeks of instruction have now been held hostage by the SAGE testing.


    Don't get me started about how bad the SAGE test is.

  • mcclark Salt Lake City, UT
    May 10, 2016 3:13 p.m.

    @prowhatever The political elites had their convention, Johnson won a big victory. Once the people are allowed to vote in the primary, Herbert will have a big victory over Johnson. Olen Walker would have been elected Governor if the people had been allowed to vote for her. Bennett would have defeated Lee if the people had been allowed to vote for him. Count My Vote takes the power away from the political elites.

  • Oh Really? HERRIMAN, UT
    May 10, 2016 2:53 p.m.

    Reading the articles of late, it seems the Deseret News is becoming an extension to and pawn of the Johnson campaign.

    You know, Johnson who paints himself as a businessman when his training and the vast bulk of his career is as an attorney.

    Johnson who says he will be good for business but then scoffs at the governor for pointing out job growth in his term.

    Johnson who complains against rising taxes, but fails to point out the biggest tax raise was an increase in the gasoline tax, which had not been raised in a decade+, to improve state roads which are in woeful need.

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    May 10, 2016 2:17 p.m.

    Re: "House speaker says Herbert's Common Core efforts are political"

    What? A politician engaging in politics? What's next, responsiveness to voters?


    At least the Governor has now shown he can be swayed from the positions of the campaign-funding moneyed elites by the ideas and issues real Utahns think are important.

    Hughes comment is, of course, dripping with irony, since its primary intent is to aid the campaign of his buddy, Johnson. Not that expediency politics is unexpected from any career politician, but it's entertaining to watch the lifetime political class occasionally get caught up in their belief that we're as ignorant as they always hope we are.

    This illustrates, BTW, the critical importance of defeating the elitist BuyMyVote crowd, as well. That misbegotten political tool would insulate political elites from real people, to an even greater degree than is already the case.

  • Bored to the point of THIS! Ogden, UT
    May 10, 2016 2:05 p.m.

    Lucky for Utah, Mr. Hughes never makes 'political' decisions.

    He always does what's best for Utah and what Utah's constituents want.

    Oh, wait...

    We're talking about that Mr. Hughes.

  • Catholic in Utah South Jordan, UT
    May 10, 2016 2:00 p.m.

    Looking forward to voting for Johnson over Herbert in June primary.

    Herbert favored Ted Cruz. I won't vote for him for that reason alone. But there are other reasons to vote for Johnson and against Herbert.

  • Third try screen name Mapleton, UT
    May 10, 2016 1:41 p.m.

    Someone told Herbert that there are more parent=voters than teacher-voters.

  • mcclark Salt Lake City, UT
    May 10, 2016 1:29 p.m.

    Yep, trying to out ignorant Johnson is a losing battle.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    May 10, 2016 1:22 p.m.

    I agree with Hughes. But, this is the definition of the pot calling the kettle black. Hughes doesn't do anything unless there's a political or financial payoff.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    May 10, 2016 1:13 p.m.

    It's all starting to make sense now. First, he too-kind explanation of Common Core that ran in the paper a week ago, then the emergency to address it because Herbert changed his mind.

    Good for Johnson for making it an issue. Voters/parents should be concerned. Herbert is playing catch-up with the parade here. Me-too is an ugly strategy.