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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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What nobody will admit about our public schools

If you ask the typical representative of the State Board of Education or government bureaucrat at the State of Office of Education why educational achievement is not what everyone expects, you will receive one of two answers: (1) public schools … Continue reading

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Interim Day at the Legislature: Utah’s energy economy

Energy production and development (especially fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and natural gas) are valuable parts of Utah’s economy, according to a report that the governor’s energy adviser gave to the Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Interim Committee. The … Continue reading

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Evaluating (and paying) teachers more effectively

The Deseret News recently published an article discussing how educators and education researchers are investigating new ways to evaluate the effectiveness of school teachers. Those ways include: (1) rigorous classroom observation, based on specific teaching behaviors associated with student learning … Continue reading

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Interim Day: Panel hears reports on government-centric economic development

In today’s Economic Development and Workforce Services Interim Committee meeting at the Utah State Capitol, the committee heard reports from various state government economic development agencies, including reports from the Office of Tourism and the Film Commission. The Office of … Continue reading

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Utah’s Reid shows leadership on intergenerational poverty

Utah State Senator Stuart Reid is providing important leadership on a crucial issue — intergenerational poverty. The 1990s saw a major effort to reform public welfare through work requirements for welfare recipients. This effort had merit, but Senator Reid is … Continue reading

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Health care reform: Utah’s ‘Supreme Court paralysis’

Today the Legislature’s Health System Reform Task Force met to discuss issues regarding the Affordable Care Act (i.e., Obamacare) and the Health Care Compact. In discussions regarding how the state should respond to Obamacare requirements, the overriding sentiment was uncertainty. … Continue reading

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Interim day: license plate scanning and Common Core

Today, the Utah Legislature held its first interim committee meetings of the year. These meetings occur once each month from May through November, except in July. Legislators address a range of issues, including ideas for future bills, implementation of past … Continue reading

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Capitol Daily Memo: Harvard professor wants Utah higher ed to adapt

  Renowned Harvard business professor and acclaimed author Clayton Christensen addressed the Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee this morning in the Senate building at the Utah Capitol. A Utah native, Christensen is a world-renowned expert on how disruptive technologies alter entire … Continue reading

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House committee puts a halt to Wimmer’s tax bill

A bill that would require a two-thirds vote for any tax increases in the state failed Thursday to make it past a House committee. HJR001, a bill sponsored by Rep. Carl Wimmer, R-Herriman, failed on a 7-7-2 vote. The bill … Continue reading

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Hillyard warns budget cuts are going to sting

With a $313 million structural imbalance in the Utah budget, state lawmakers are considering multiple options for cuts – and regardless of which option the Legislature chooses, some agencies are going to hurt. “There’s going to be people impacted and … Continue reading

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10th Amendment a major theme in 2011 Utah Legislature

“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” – The 10th Amendment to the United States Constitution With the big … Continue reading

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