Category Archives: Education

Why Herbert should veto preschool bill – Mero Moment, 3/25/14

Tweet Most people know that Barack Obama has been pushing for universal health care since his initial campaign in 2008. But did you know that universal preschool has been on his implementation list for just as long? The “Preschool for … Continue reading

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Here’s how Utah can really level the educational playing field

Tweet This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. Ten years ago, Sutherland Institute published a powerful analysis of public education in Utah called Saving Education and Ourselves: The Moral Case … Continue reading

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Why would schools kick digital learners off campus?

Tweet A high school sophomore told the Senate Education Standing Committee recently that she was able to testify to them (in the middle of a school day) in support of requiring parental notification about the Statewide Online Education Program (SOEP) … Continue reading

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Why Medicaid expansion will hurt Utah’s most vulnerable

Tweet A new analysis by Jonathan Ingram of the Foundation for Government Accountability and Derek Monson of Sutherland Institute explains why Utah should opt out of Medicaid expansion: Utah’s Medicaid expansion plans put the state’s truly needy citizens at great … Continue reading

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Testimony on SB 171 (Student-Centered Learning Pilot Program)

Tweet Testimony presented Feb. 12 by Stan Rasmussen, director of public affairs, Sutherland Institute, before the Senate Education Standing Committee of the Utah Legislature regarding SB 171 – Student-Centered Learning Pilot Program: Thank you, Mr. Chair, and good afternoon, Senators. … Continue reading

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Turns out Common Core is not STEM-friendly

Tweet “As we have pointed out, standardization is inherently designed for standard, not exceptional, achievement. Because statewide standards in Utah and other states, including Common Core, are of the type that lead to standardization, it is impossible to assert as … Continue reading

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Meet this 13-year-old and his #hackschooling revolution

Tweet Thirteen-year-old Logan LaPlante has two big goals for when he grows up. He wants to be healthy and happy, and he figures his education should play a serious part in that effort. He has crafted his education to include … Continue reading

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Will digital learning save U. students hundreds on textbooks?

Tweet According to a recent Salt Lake Tribune article, a student leadership group at the University of Utah is looking into using “open-source textbooks,” which can be downloaded and used by students for free, as a possible way to save … Continue reading

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‘Like treating cancer with a Band-Aid’

Tweet “The federal government has a horrific record on preschool,” says Joy Pullman in The Federalist. And she says no one is willing to admit what the root problems are: “The most curious thing about the preschool debate is that … Continue reading

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How Obamacare is hurting its supposed beneficiaries in Utah

Tweet One of the many bitter ironies relating to the creation and implementation of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, is how it is hurting many of the people it was supposed to help. A new illustration from data analysis … Continue reading

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Objections to Utah’s school grading system are demeaning, hypocritical

Tweet Utah’s education associations – representing the interests of various adults in public schools – have come out of the woodwork in opposition to Utah’s new school grading policy. This is not surprising, since the idea of school grading is … Continue reading

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Guest column: Utah issues letter grades to public schools

Tweet By the Association of American Educators During the 2013 legislative season, the state of Utah passed SB721 in an effort to foster a culture of transparency in public schools. Similar to bills in 15 other states, the new law … Continue reading

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Utah’s education system gets ‘D’ in financial transparency

Tweet Are Utah’s public education administrators properly committed to openness and transparency regarding their stewardship over public schools and the tax dollars that pay for them? A recent analysis from the Cato Institute suggests the answer is no. The analysis … Continue reading

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Higher education wasted on stay-at-home mom? Hardly

Tweet A Princeton grad and stay-at-home mom has written an excellent article about the value of an Ivy League education — even if it is never used for full-time employment. Anne-Marie Maginnis writes, [W]hen a highly educated woman is home … Continue reading

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Tempest over attendance law: It’s all about money and power

Tweet Much will be argued over Senator Aaron Osmond’s proposal to revise Utah’s compulsory attendance law, but my guess is, most people will ignore the central question: Who (or what) has final say over the education of children? Utah’s compulsory … Continue reading

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