Students and Teachers: Worthy Investments

I recently read that one of the greatest determining factors of a student’s success is the student’s perception of whether or not the system believes he/she is a good investment.  What? I had never considered the idea that students might think that we – teachers, parents, administrators, even the general public – do not believe they are a worthy investment. Public education is an enormous machine.  Millions of dollars and thousands of hours are spent preparing curriculum and lessons for mastery of concepts.   How could these kids not know…

The Strangest of Bedfellows

It has been said that politics makes the strangest of bedfellows. Every once in a while during the session the universe seems to tilt. Legislators who are fierce opponents join together for the passage or defeat of a bill. This last week saw Sen. Deidre Henderson and Sen. Jim Dabakis join sides in opposition to a bill related to the NSA center in Bluffdale.  Sometimes it is not just legislators, but lobbies.  

A New Lobbyist on the Hill for UEA

Scott Howell is back. After running for the US Senate on the Democratic ticket against Orrin Hatch in 2012, Howell is back on Utah’s Capitol Hill where he served in Utah’s State Senate for three terms, including eight as Democratic leader. This time, Howell is there as a lobbyist for the Utah Education Association, the largest public education employees union in the state, with 18,000 members in its ranks. Republican and Democrat legislators alike were upset by the UEA’s very public firing of Kory Holdaway right before the session, and…

10 Easy Ways Even Busy Moms (& Dads) Can Be More Engaged During The Legislative Session [Utah Moms Care]

Utah Capitol Hill

We are all busy.  Really busy.  There are always more things that we would like to do, then we can actually do.  But here is a challenge, for just 45 days can you pay attention to what is happening at our State Capitol?  I know you can.  I know you care what happens there because you read this site.  So here is a list of a few ways even busy Moms can be engaged this year during the 2013 Session of the Utah Legislature: