Finding Middle Ground

(Note: In this post, Kim Burningham speaks in his own behalf. The point of view expressed in this post does not necessarily represent any organization of which he is a part. The concepts of this post were delivered by Burningham in his final comments at the end of 16 years as a member of the State Board of Education.) We live in a world of division. Locally, nationally, and internationally, people advocate so strongly for various extreme positions they are unable to see the merits of consensus-building with other opposing arguments. I…

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…

Pat Jones’ SB 118 is a tax raise on families [Publius Online]

Senator Pat Jones proposal to raise taxes on families with children to send more money to Utah teachers sounds like a way to boost education dollars. In reality, Jones’ $400 million proposal takes from those who need it most: Families with children, especially those with lower incomes. If passed, the bill would create jobs in education and allow schools to shrink class sizes by hiring new educators, Jones said.