Author Archives: Matthew Piccolo

Fact-checking USOE claims on Common Core

As the debate about Common Core carries on, many interested parties are making claims about what effect the new standards will have on public education and children in Utah. The latest comes from Brenda Hales of the Utah State Office … Continue reading

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Flipping the classroom – and the results

Imagine a classroom where one teacher is able to give every student individual instruction to help meet academic needs and build on each student’s interests. Imagine a school where students don’t fall through the cracks and parents actively participate in … Continue reading

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The Life of Julius: federal cradle-to-grave meddling in health care (part 4)

At age 40, Julius recognizes the hand of the federal government at every turn in his personal health choices. One night, he goes to his favorite Italian restaurant and notices the menu is different. It looks cluttered. Next to each … Continue reading

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The Life of Julius: federal cradle-to-grave meddling in health care (part 3)

At age 23, Julius graduates from college and begins an internship. Because he and his new wife are so healthy, they choose not to buy health insurance, knowing they can pay out of pocket for needed checkups and basic care. … Continue reading

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The Life of Julius: federal cradle-to-grave meddling in health care (part 2)

At age 10, Julius is playing outside during recess when he begins coughing. His cough persists and worsens for several days, so his mother decides she’ll take him to their long-time family doctor at a private clinic. But when she … Continue reading

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The Life of Julius: federal cradle-to-grave meddling in health care (part 1)

As Americans eagerly await the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the constitutionality of President Obama’s health care plan, we invite you to follow us as we embark on a journey called “The Life of Julius.” This story will illustrate how … Continue reading

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Capitol Daily Memo: “backwater” – Utah public lands bill or “extreme” environmentalism?

Today, a legislative committee received an update on the state’s progress in implementing H.B. 148, a bill passed this year with the goal of giving Utah greater access to its public lands in order to maintain state autonomy and increase … Continue reading

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New report: 8 ways to enhance digital learning in Utah schools

Digital learning is transforming K-12 schooling in Utah – whether through fully digital courses available from the Statewide Online Education Program, district programs or charter schools, or through “blended learning” models that incorporate aspects of digital learning into a physical … Continue reading

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Health care reform: Utah’s ‘Supreme Court paralysis’

Today the Legislature’s Health System Reform Task Force met to discuss issues regarding the Affordable Care Act (i.e., Obamacare) and the Health Care Compact. In discussions regarding how the state should respond to Obamacare requirements, the overriding sentiment was uncertainty. … Continue reading

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Economic gardening arrives in Utah

Economic gardening – an entrepreneur-centered approach to economic development – has arrived in Utah and could lead to hundreds or thousands of new home-grown jobs. The National Center for Economic Gardening (NCEG), an affiliate of the Edward Lowe Foundation, has … Continue reading

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Obamacare debate: Both sides agree on goal, not method

Last week, I participated in a debate about Obamacare hosted by the Project for Deeper Understanding held at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Park City. Liana Teteberg, physician assistant, and Judi Hilman, executive director of Utah Health Policy Project, argued … Continue reading

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Pew: Utah is ‘trailing’ in evaluating tax incentives

Utah is fortunate that Governor Gary Herbert and the Legislature have made significant efforts to improve Utah’s economy and lessen government’s involvement in the free market. We hope they will continue these commendable efforts by closing a gap in Utah’s … Continue reading

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Give Utah principals more authority over their schools

Utah’s public school system has become top-heavy. At Sutherland, we have advocated for a more bottom-up approach, particularly one that is parent-driven. Over at The Atlantic, Chester E. Finn Jr. of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute makes a strong case … Continue reading

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Turn off the lights … why?

This weekend, many environmental activists are urging people worldwide to participate in Earth Hour by turning off their lights from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday night. The purpose of this effort is to “send[] a powerful message for action … Continue reading

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What the Obamacare decision will mean for Utahns

As oral arguments for Florida v. Department of Health and Human Services come to a close at the U.S. Supreme Court, some Utahns might wonder what impact the court’s ruling could have on them. Let’s review some of the issues … Continue reading

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