An Open Letter to Parents, Utah Legislators, and Newly Elected State School Board Members Concerning Education Legislation from a Public School Educator

A few years ago I had the opportunity to lead a training for some teachers in the LA Unified School District.   The minute I set foot on campus, it was obvious that I wasn’t in Utah anymore. The training venue looked more like a lockdown facility than any high school I was accustomed to back home. The teachers were nice enough, and the training went as expected. While eating lunch with the teachers, I was asked about the school where I taught. I proudly talked about my district and the…

A charter school saved my autistic son from a life of mediocrity

It’s not all that uncommon to see somewhat unhinged attacked on charter schools as a waste of tax dollars, privatizing public education, or a stealth way to enact vouchers. Those kinds of accusations never held weight with me before. Now that I have a child in a charter school, it’s much more personal. Quite frankly, the public school system as it currently stands would have pushed him into a life a mediocrity. I have two autistic children, one of whom started kindergarten this year. He was in the early intervention program…

Audit: Utah’s “Ghost Student” problem.

Editor’s note: This article is specifically written to highlight serious allegations and problems noted within the State Board’s audit. This is in no way written, or meant to infer that home schooling and charter schools are bad. It highlights specific issues, and specific actors. Who have committed acts that must be addressed and fixed if school choice, and educational freedom are to be able to function without scrutiny. Recently, the State of Utah requested a performance audit of distance and online educational programs from the Utah State Board of Education. The results, released on…