Category Archives: Education

Dabakis goes off deep end with education paraphrase

  Utah Democrats rang in the New Year with an editorial in The Salt Lake Tribune excoriating Utah Republicans for making a mess of public education. Jim Dabakis, the new chairman of the Democratic Party in Utah, writes that Utah … Continue reading

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Blended learning: integrating technology and the classroom

  Sutherland Institute has been working to promote digital learning (also called “virtual” or “online” education) as one way to improve schooling in Utah. It’s common to assume that traditional learning, typically done in a classroom, and digital learning are … Continue reading

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Education savings accounts offer a way to reward high achievers

  A few months ago I wrote about the game-changing potential of education savings accounts (ESAs), an education funding proposal that Representative John Dougall (R-Highland) plans to introduce during the 2012 legislative session. As it turns out, Sutherland is not … Continue reading

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Computer-adaptive testing: an innovative tool for teachers, students

  Remember the days of pencil-and-paper tests and Scantrons? You probably do because we’re still in those days, but a new kind of testing that could improve education in Utah by leaps and bounds may soon be coming to a … Continue reading

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Tables turned: UHSAA to defend itself in court

  In the latest dispute between parents and the Utah High School Activities Association (UHSAA), Ronald and Susan Mika, parents of Eric Mika, are suing the UHSAA for denying Eric the opportunity to play basketball this year, even though he … Continue reading

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Utah Leading the Nation in Innovative Education

  This afternoon, Digital Learning Now (DLN), an initiative launched by the Foundation for Excellence in Education in partnership with the Alliance for Excellent Education, released a state-by-state Digital Learning Report Card and the digital learning Roadmap for Reform. The … Continue reading

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How Ogden (and other districts) can foster excellence in teaching

  Imagine a high-performing teacher in Ogden School District. This teacher takes the time to work individually with her struggling students and lets them know she cares about them. She knows the material she teaches backward and forward and has … Continue reading

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‘Education savings accounts’: a game-changing idea

  For you parents out there with students in high school, how would you like it if you were given a chunk of money to pay for the best high school education possible for your child, with the flexibility to … Continue reading

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UHSAA rule slams door on opportunities for student

  Earlier this year, we warned that the new transfer rule for student-athletes instituted by the Utah High School Activities Association (UHSAA) would discourage student-athletes from taking advantage of open enrollment. The recent case of Conner Martinez is one example … Continue reading

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Free market competition improves public education, too

  Free market advocates and thinkers argue that market forces and competition motivate businesses and entrepreneurs to innovate and create new goods and services that improve peoples’ lives. Over time those goods and services become better and often less expensive. … Continue reading

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Parents as a supply of ‘revenue enhancements’

  The newspapers are reporting that a state senator is raising (again) the idea that what Utah schools need is more money and that this money should come from increasing taxes on parenting. Specifically, the “revenue enhancement” (“a politically correct … Continue reading

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Letter confirms that power is top issue for Ogden teachers union

  Last month, I argued that the objection of the Ogden Education Association (OEA), the Ogden teachers union, to the district’s move toward performance pay for teachers was motivated by a fear of losing union power. Well, a new piece … Continue reading

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Keeping Utah schools shackled via the back door

  As Congress continues to delay reauthorization of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), many states, including Utah, are requesting waivers from parts of the federal law, and some states are being openly defiant about it. With all this waiver action, … Continue reading

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4th down and one inch – and Canyons School District punts

  The Salt Lake Tribune reports that the Canyons School District has decided not to sell a one-acre parcel to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for a seminary building. Instead, the school district has decided to keep … Continue reading

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Bye-bye, collective bargaining?

  This fall, the Utah Legislature may research the possibility of eliminating collective bargaining for government workers, including employees of public schools. We interviewed Senator Howard Stephenson (R-Dist. 11) and Kory Holdaway, director of government relations and political action at … Continue reading

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