Put Common Core clamor aside: Let’s talk about educational standards

By Boyd Matheson and Christine Cooke Education, which represents two-thirds of our state budget and is vital to our future, continues to be front and center in Utah’s political and policy debates. It is worthy of our attention and our best efforts to engage in serious, meaningful dialogue. We are convinced that a marketplace of educational options and a culture that respects the unique, individual learning needs of students is critical. In order to cut through the clamor of political rhetoric, here are a few of our insights on this…

The Smart Questions Club: Utah Ed Science and Engineering Standards [streaming live]

Join Utah Board of Education members Brittney Cummins and Stan Lockhart as they talk science standards. The Utah Board of Education is implementing new science standards in September. Some have expressed concern that the standards include controversial topics such as global warming and evolution. What should you know and understand about the Utah Board of Education’s process to adopt these standards and what does it really mean? Like what you see? Get the Hub in your Inbox. * indicates required Email Address * First Name Last Name Email Format html…

It’s Time to Cease the “Tail Wagging” by the Anti-Common Core Crowd

(Note: In this post, Kim Burningham speaks in his own behalf. The point of view expressed in this blog does not necessarily represent any organization of which he is or has been a part.) A uniquely American phrase—the tail wagging the dog—can be traced to the late 1800s. In 2015, I note a modern application in Utah.   Some strident fringe groups have been shouting so loud about their fears of the common core that the whole education system has been shaken. This is unfortunate, and it time for such distortion…

The Hub Sheet – Monday February 10, 2015

Wait, what just happened? Luke Skywalker is a daddy? Eyebrows raised over proposed closed-door Healthy Utah discussion. BetFair has the 2016 GOP hopeful power rankings.  So who’s a 9-way-tie-truther? What about a re-shuffler? Remember the @UTLEGtracker? An Open Letter to Parents, Utah Legislators, and Newly Elected State School Board MembersConcerning Education Legislation from a Public School Educator. Republicans vs. Nerds. (Nerds always win) Highlights from the Attorney General’s Common Core report. Former Sutherland Institute president Paul Mero stirs the pot on religious liberty and non-discrimination. Meet Dr. Google. “Judicial chaos”…

Doug Owens Strikes Moderate Utah Pose, But Policies Don’t Add Up

The HubCap Spin | Love or Owens: Who Wins the Race for Congressional District 4?

To hear 4th District democratic candidate Doug Owens tell it, he’s an aw shucks down home every day average Utahn running for Congress. But what do you find when you dig a little deeper than campaign marketing? While his website is long on “sixth generation Utahn,” it is remarkably short on specifics, particularly from a candidate whose messaging says he’s running a substantive, solutions based campaign. But let’s take a look under the hood and see how Owens’s actual policies square with that of the general Utah public. Owens portrays…

Highlights from the Attorney General’s Common Core Report

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Let’s dispel with the fear-mongering surrounding education and the Common Core standards. Here are the highlights from the report, as well a cautionary note for where our focus should lie. On Tuesday afternoon, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes released a report on legal questions surrounding Common Core. Before he had even completed the press conference, activists had already started using his comments as fodder to support their preconceived positions. Haters gonna hate. And activists are gonna activate. None of them had read the report, let alone considered that the report was…

The Utah Education Landscape Is a War Zone

No one wants to live in a country or a state or a city or neighborhood…or anywhere, with stupid people. It’s why we provide (mostly) free (or, rather, tax funded) public education. We share a common belief that educated people make for better citizens, neighbors, and friends. And yet, public education, at least in Utah, is a bureaucratic warzone. Entrenched interests are at war with each other, scrambling for control, resources, and money. Whether it’s for the votes on the Board of Education, for funding from the Utah Legislature, or in…

The Utah Education Bureaucracy Could Use a Dose of Transparency

Last week, the Utah Legislature was recognized for its efforts at transparency by an award from a national group. While “how a bill becomes a law” is still an obtuse process to most Utahns, it has to make Jason Williams proud to see the Legislature make efforts to inform citizens. Meanwhile, elsewhere… Perhaps a similar effort could be made by Utah’s education establishment to inform Utahns on how Utah’s education complex works.

Thoughts on Utah Policy’s Common Core Poll

Last week, the Utah Policy poll on Common Core was all over the news.  The tidbit often highlighted was that while 41% of Utahns strongly or somewhat oppose the Common Core, only 21% correctly identified where the Common Core standards originated. While I found this fact interesting, I had a few other thoughts on the poll and related  articles: First, the poll fails to address a number of quite relevant questions about the public’s knowledge on Common Core.  Maybe more data from the poll will be released, but it seems to be missing some…

Is Trust Money & Common Core the Answer for Utah Schools?

A report in the Salt Lake Tribune on August 20, 2014 reported that the Utah School system will receive $39.2 million in trust money this year.  In 2004 they received  $8.3 million so over the last 10 years there has been a $30.9 million dollar increase in trust monies for the states school system.   Is this increase in state trust money helping the school system educated Utah students better?