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…

How to Make the State School Board More Friendly [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? Good policy options generally are not universal solutions for all geographies and situations. For public education, final policy decisions should reflect the informed desire of parents in their area.  That is why I believe in greater power and choices for parents at the school level – whether we are talking about…

Utah’s Parents Denied Due Diligence and Due Process

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Utah’s State Board of Education adopted the Federal Common Core State Standards Initiative before they, or anyone else knew, what the Standards would be. The Federal curriculum, assessments and other materials had not been written and some are still being drafted. We, and our legislators, had no notice of this action, and have no voice in the ongoing production of Common Core. This procedure has usurped basic education policy and content decisions from parents and our elected representatives. The National takeover rolls on despite the fact that most conservative legislators…

Students Should be Central to School Board Decisions [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? Students should be at the center of every decision made by a state or local school board.  Educating students and preparing them to be productive members of society should be at the forefront of the work of school boards.  School boards should ensure that all students have the opportunity to learn…

No Difference Between Serving Parents and Children [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?“ For me the question as stated has neither legal nor logical weight. I acknowledge that sometimes the system shifts too far from parents.  A good example may be those former attendance policies created by local districts that prohibited parents from removing their children from school more than a certain number of…

Board must do what’s best for students [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?“ The Utah Constitution requires the State Board of Education to serve the students who participate in the public education system even if that service conflicts with the preferences of their parents. The Utah Constitution vests control over the public education system in the State Board of Education: “The general control and…

15 Parents, 40 Hours, and 10,000 Test Questions – Was It Good Enough? Will It Ever Be? [Utah Moms Care]

This session Rep. Kennedy has a bill, HB 81, which will allow any parent to review standardized test questions prior to the exams being administered under specific circumstances.  There is a lot of concern about this compromising the validity of the test, which would cost the state millions of dollars.  But Kennedy maintains that parental review can happen, and that it is needed to ease concerns about the tests containing any agenda.  In 2012 Rep. Hughes carried HB15, which created a 15 parent member committee which was appointed by the Senate President, Speaker of the…