Sen. Margaret Dayton: The Conundrum of the Common Core Waiver

By Senator Margaret Dayton I had the opportunity to address the State School Board today (on Friday, August 8, 2014) about the legislative intent of a bill that I passed nearly a decade ago. HB 135 was passed in 2005, but the drafting and crafting process took a full two years. During the 2004 interim, every single education committee meeting discussed the onerous ramifications of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and what could be done. HB 135 was the result of some of those discussions. When the bill was considered in the 2005…

Chicken Little and the ongoing NCLB Waiver Debate

Tomorrow, on Friday August 8, the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) will vote on whether to extend the waiver to the requirements of No Child Left Behind. As I’ve noted previously, the cost of not passing the waiver would be an insubstantial portion of the state education budget, just $26.5 million in education funding from the federal government, or less than 1%. And yet, you’d think that the very future of education funding in Utah–all of it–was on the line.

An Analysis of the Libertas Common Core Lawsuit

Lawsuits should never be a first resort. Unfortunately, all too often lawsuits are the only way policy makers listen. Whether it’s civil rights, healthcare, the environment, or education standards, lawsuits are a part of our national political system, turning to courts to address issues that we have been unable to resolve by political action. Enter the Libertas Institute, a local libertarian leaning non-profit, which just last week filed a lawsuit challenging the process by which Common Core educational standards were adopted by the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) in…

BUZZ: Libertas Sues Utah Board of Education Over Common Core

In a lawsuit announced on July 31, 2014, Libertas is suing the Utah Board of Education over the implementation of Common Core standards. “When violations of the law occur, it’s important that justice be served and accountability be had,” said Connor Boyack, President of Libertas.  “That’s what this lawsuit aims to do with the State Board of Education—state law requires them to have provided for substantive public input, which they denied others by rushing through Common Core’s adoption.” The lawsuit appears to be limited to addressing the Board’s responsibility as…

Gov. Herbert: An Education Action Figure?

Today, Gov. Herbert held a press conference to address the concerns he has heard regarding public education and to present a plan of action.  The plan outlined three principles: Maintaining high academic standards in all subjects. Monitoring and limiting the federal government’s role in education. Preserving state and local control, including in curriculum, testing, and instructional practices. His plan includes: First, a legal review by the Attorney General’s Office into questions regarding federal entanglements associated with the adoption of the Common Core and our No Child Left Behind waiver. Second,…

When the School Board must put students first [The Hub Debate]

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This is  a Hub Debate on the role of boards of education. For more background, read this.  Participate in the comments or submit a response for publication to UtahPoliticoHub@gmail.com. The question is: “Who do you think the board should serve?  Parents? Students? Why?“ Many excellent posts here at The Hub over the past week trying to answer the question of who should matter most the school boards: parents or students. One of my favorites was this, suggesting that it needn’t be a choice between the two.  The interests of parents and the importance of…

Board of Education Should Focus on Students [The Hub Debate]

This is  a Hub Debate on the role of boards of education. For more background, read this.  Participate in the comments or submit a response for publication to UtahPoliticoHub@gmail.com. The question is: “Who do you think the board should serve?  Parents? Students? Why?“ In my mind, it is very clear as to who the board should serve. The Board of Education should be focusing on the students as they are ultimately the consumers of public education. I don’t necessarily agree that their focus must be to help all students be “college and career ready”…

State’s Duty to Children Only Secondary to Parents [The Hub Debate]

This is a Hub Debate on the role of boards of education. For more background, read this.  Participate in the comments or submit a response for publication to UtahPoliticoHub@gmail.com. The question is: “Who do you think the board should serve?  Parents? Students? Why?“ Thomas Jefferson addressed who should be in charge of education nearly two centuries ago.   ‘…[I]f it is believed that these elementary schools will be better managed by …any other general authority of the government, than by the parents within each ward, it is a belief against all experience.’ Parents have a…

The One Who Holds the Money is the One Who is Served [The Hub Debate]

This is a Hub Debate on the role of boards of education. For more background, read this.  Participate in the comments or submit a response for publication to UtahPoliticoHub@gmail.com. The question is: “Who do you think the board should serve?  Parents? Students? Why?“ The question of whether or not a Board of Education serves the parents or the students is polarizing. It is a question of will they serve.  With the adoption of Common Core curriculum, the general public, parents, teachers and even students wonder if their concerns are being served at all. Teachers…

No Man Can Serve Two Masters: Should School Boards Serve Parents or Students?

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During the Governor’s Nominating and Recruiting Committee  interviewing of Utah State Board of Education candidates, a question seemed to be ever present: who should members of the State Board of Education serve – parents or students? It is an interesting question.