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…

When is a tax increase not a tax increase? When Jim Dabakis gets involved.

I know I probably pick on Jim Dabakis more than I should, though I don’t think it has yet approached Unicorn-Doug Wright levels. But dang does he make it easy. You can almost count on him making claims that are entirely untrue to score some political points on, well, just about anything. His latest op-ed on education funding isn’t any different. For starters, he gets a basic fact wrong. “High school graduation rates have plunged”, he claims, yet stories from 2012, 2013, and 2014 all cite improving graduation rates in Utah…

The Mero Moment – June 25, 2015: On Federalism, Public Education, and Governor Herbert’s critics

Anyone in the distance of my conservative voice for the past 15 years knows I want the federal government out of Utah’s education system. They also would know that I believe the Utah Constitution has a fundamental flaw regarding education. In Utah, education is the jointly held constitutional domain of the State Board of Education and the state Legislature – the former has “general control and supervision” of public education and the latter has power to fund and, hence, regulate it. This partnership is systemically dysfunctional and the ridiculous politics…

Utah’s Focus on Economic Growth also Benefits Education

In the doldrums of summer and while the rest of the political world is fixated on Obamacare subsidies and same-sex marriage, I thought I would bring the conversation back to Utah for something really important: Can Trey Lyles help the Utah Jazz win the NBA Championship in 2016? Just kidding. Instead, let’s talk about Utah’s unique approach to government — specifically, economic development — that starts at the top. For as long as I’ve lived in Utah, gubernatorial candidates have made their major campaign theme “Education”.  Over and over I have…

That “tired statistic” harms education

To begin, let me make it clear: I was not present when Superintendent Brad Smith presented his speech to the Utah Taxpayers Association Conference on May 28. I do not know the context nor the entirety of the speech. I have spoken to those who were present and found the speech far less offensive than some. My purpose for writing is to respond to two phrases reported by the press and in numerous commentaries. I think both phrases deserve careful examination. Comment #1: Tired statistics may well be true Reports…

Do You Want To Go To College? Do You Want To Complete College? STEM Matters.

There is more innovation taking place today than at any time in the history of the world. With 52 years of watching a world go from land line phones, black and white televisions, no personal computing power, snail mail and automobiles getting ten miles per gallon to smart phones for everyone, television shows on demand, laptops traveling with you anywhere you go, texting and electric cars, I have found STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) is the mother of most invention. The next time you see someone downplay the importance of…

Ten Bills That Someone Wants Governor Herbert to Veto

With almost every bill that passes the legislature to some acclaim, there’s a constituency out there that finds itself scratching its head, throwing its collective hands in the air, and declaiming the collective stupidity of the Utah Legislature. If they can’t win in the people’s House, they call the Governor’s office and ask him to veto it. And let’s be honest: we’ve all been there. For me, it’s the Zion Curtain (even though I really like John Valentine–no disrespect intended, but I just don’t think it is good public policy). For you,…

Governor Herbert: Strong job growth yields opportunity to invest in education [UPH Wire]

**attached contains the following: * For Immediate Release Contact: Aimee Edwards edwards@utah.gov mobile: (801) 755-3085 Strong job growth yields opportunity to invest in education SALT LAKE CITY – (March 4, 2015) Utah’s total employment grew at a year-over pace of 4.1 percent in January, while private sector job growth increased by 4.7 percent, according to new data released today. Utah’s strong economy positions the state to invest in long-term priorities including education. “Utah’s labor market is expanding at the healthiest rate since the Great Recession,” said Gov Gary R. Herbert.…