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Guest column: Utah issues letter grades to public schools

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 measures … Continue reading

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

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 graded … Continue reading

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

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 with … Continue reading

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

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 attendance … Continue reading

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Arguments against repealing compulsory education are insulting

The following post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. Periodically, our friends at Utahpolicy.com survey their readers on political issues of the day. Just this week, it ran a survey about … Continue reading

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Ditch compulsory education in Utah? Yes!

I received today, through a colleague, a letter from State Senator Aaron Osmond. The letter, which was sent to Sen. Osmond’s constituents, calls for an end to compulsory education in Utah. I concur. In 2002, Sutherland Institute produced a publication … Continue reading

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Why Common Core is not conservative

The following post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. Common Core is a way to standardize math and science education. It was devised by states not wanting to comply with No … Continue reading

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Partisan elections would improve Utah’s state school board

Sutherland Institute is calling for a partisan election system – or a hybrid system with a significant partisan election component – for selecting state school board members. In a new paper released today, Sutherland proposes that the primary goal of … Continue reading

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Utah showing how digital learning can make public schools more cost-effective

As noted in a recent news story in The Salt Lake Tribune, Utah has begun a move away from traditional textbooks to digital textbooks (aka e-books) that is “gaining speed.” These e-books are “cheaper, more up to date and interactive,” … Continue reading

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Utah’s at the top in digital learning – let’s keep it there

As noted by the Utah Taxpayers Association and The Senate Site, Utah recently received an “A” on the 2012 Digital Learning Report Card from Digital Learning Now! As the only state in the country to do so, Utah is setting … Continue reading

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What is ‘local control’ in public education really about?

How would an authentically child-centered view of public education define “local control,” in regard to actually running a public school? Does it mean state-level control, district-level control, or school-level control? According to a new study, shifting power from the state … Continue reading

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2013 Legislature: Testimony in favor of student-centered learning pilot program

Testimony written by Derek Monson and given by Stan Rasmussen Wednesday, Feb. 27, before the Senate Education Committee in support of Sen. Howard Stephenson’s Student-Centered Learning Pilot Program (SB 79): Thank you, Mr. Chair. Sutherland Institute supports SB 79 because … Continue reading

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2013 Legislature: Testimony in favor of education transparency bill

Testimony given by Derek Monson before the Senate Education Committee on Monday: Thank you, Mr. Chair. My name is Derek Monson and I am Director of Policy with Sutherland Institute. I am here to speak in favor of SB 128. In … Continue reading

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Let’s avoid insane ‘payday loans’ for local government

According to a recent news article, a school district in California recently got a $2.5 million bond (i.e., a loan) that will cost taxpayers in the district $34 million to pay off – almost 14 times the size of the … Continue reading

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UHSAA’s tyrannical, unelected quasi-bureaucrats

When a professional athlete moves from one team to another nobody cries foul, even if the fans are disappointed about the player leaving. It’s the same thing in amateur sports. If a college athlete chooses to transfer to another school … Continue reading

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