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Education spending and the danger of narrow policy thinking

  On Friday we wrote about not trying to “keep up with the Joneses” in regard to public education spending. Today I’ll make a few more observations about recently released spending data. A story from the Salt Lake Tribune recently … Continue reading

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Don’t mind the Joneses; do what’s best for Utah

  Trying to keep up with the Joneses can be damaging to one’s home environment – and to a state. Oft-expressed concerns about Utah’s public education funding highlight what I mean. According to a new Utah Foundation report, Utah continues … Continue reading

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‘Free’ lunch for all Utah children this summer – at your expense

  This summer, many government schools (and parks and rec centers) in Utah are offering free meals to anyone under age 18 who shows up, regardless of their need, using federal tax dollars. Check out this video report to learn … Continue reading

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‘Bumper sticker’ education policy vs. serious solutions

The U.S. Census Bureau recently released its most recent report on K-12 public education spending, including data for the 2008-09 school year. I’ll give you a moment to be amazed at how slow the federal government is … OK, moment … Continue reading

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Public employee unions: a ‘50-year mistake’?

Recent events in Wisconsin have caused many people to consider what role, if any, public employee unions should play in negotiations over salaries and working conditions. Though on a smaller scale, events this week in Sandy and Salt Lake City … Continue reading

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Head Start: a noble idea with poor results

The people of Utah understand families and children as well as or better than most. So it comes as no surprise that we would have a vested interest in Utah children who may be struggling at an early age. Head Start … Continue reading

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Maturation, online learning and other education tidbits

The Utah State Board of Education met today for its monthly meeting. Here are a few tidbits and observations from the meeting: 1. The board approved a motion to apply rules related to sex education (parental consent, local curriculum committee, … Continue reading

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