Category Archives: Education

Education savings accounts offer a way to reward high achievers

Tweet   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 … Continue reading

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

Tweet   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 … Continue reading

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Tables turned: UHSAA to defend itself in court

Tweet   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 … Continue reading

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Utah Leading the Nation in Innovative Education

Tweet   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. … Continue reading

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

Tweet   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 … Continue reading

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‘Education savings accounts’: a game-changing idea

Tweet   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 … Continue reading

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UHSAA rule slams door on opportunities for student

Tweet   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 … Continue reading

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Free market competition improves public education, too

Tweet   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 … Continue reading

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Parents as a supply of ‘revenue enhancements’

Tweet   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 … Continue reading

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Letter confirms that power is top issue for Ogden teachers union

Tweet   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 … Continue reading

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Keeping Utah schools shackled via the back door

Tweet   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 … Continue reading

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

Tweet   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 … Continue reading

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Bye-bye, collective bargaining?

Tweet   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 … Continue reading

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Charter schools or traditional schools: which is better?

Tweet   In response to our recent blog post about the success of one Utah public charter school, we have received requests to produce credible research and data showing whether public charter schools are superior to traditional public schools. In … Continue reading

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Utah charter school shows what flexibility and dedication can accomplish

Tweet   What can ambitious students at a Utah charter school with a dedicated staff and clear vision accomplish? Sutherland Daily spoke with Brian McGill, principal of The Academy for Math, Engineering and Science (AMES), and one of his students, … Continue reading

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