It’s an election year and I think that’s about all the explanation we need to understand a recent political flier from Governor Herbert. The Governor has to be a little worried about his political race this year. His challenger strongly opposes Common Core and its associated agenda, and Governor Herbert has been one of the … Continue reading Governor Herbert’s Outrageous Claim
This week a large group of Utah legislators will be attending a conference at Southern Utah University (click link for agenda to attend events) on something called competency-based education (CBE). The conference was set up by Senator Howard Stephenson, a legislator I’ve worked with for about 10 years on education issues. This is a topic … Continue reading What’s Competency Based Education?
Please sign this petition immediately and share this with your friends and neighbors. For further information on why partisan elections are the best system for vetting candidates, please see these resources: Partisan School Board Election Arguments Partisan School Board Resolution Debate Responding to charges against partisan school board elections The arguments against partisan elections – … Continue reading Who should choose school board members? The governor or the people?
Ed. Note: JaKell Sullivan has put together an amazing document helping connect many of the dots between the big players involved in designing a national education system. One of the most important facts below is the Gordon Commission’s report stating that Common Core and its associated assessments are helping challenge the “deeply held belief in … Continue reading SAGE Tests Are a Red Herring
SB 104 is the education elections and reporting amendments bill, also known as the “partisan elections” bill. Today the senate voted 21-7-1 on it’s second reading to pass it. I believe it’ll still have a third reading and another vote but those votes shouldn’t change significantly. It has been amended so that local districts only … Continue reading The arguments against partisan elections – SB 104 S2
Reposting from Facebook, JaKell’s letter is a fantastic writeup that gives a clear picture of what’s happening in the federal agenda. ****************** Dear State Board members, Have you read this change to Title 1 Regulations? http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/eAgendaViewRule… The Federal Government is clear that they are “phasing out the authority of states” over standards and tests. ALL … Continue reading JaKell Sullivan’s Letter to the State Board on ESEA Waiver
From: http://whatiscommoncore.wordpress.com/2014/11/24/first-parent-member-of-utah-sage-test-review-committee-speaks-out/ Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act. -Dietrich Bonhoeffer According to Utah law, a 15-member parent committee must be assembled to review the test questions on the Common Core SAGE test prior to the test being administered statewide. Members of the committee now report that, contrary to what … Continue reading First Parent Member of Utah SAGE Test Review Committee Speaks Out
Larry Ballard, a candidate for the Nebo school district, recently opened my eyes more fully to the Hegelian Dialectic and how it is written into the Common Core ELA standards. This excellent essay from him needs to be read and shared. I bolded a part below which I think is one of the clearest ways … Continue reading Hegelian Dialectic in CC ELA Standards
Working with state education officials, Senator Margaret Dayton led the charge against No Child Left Behind when it was introduced over a decade ago. She knew it was bad policy and spelled trouble for Utah. I asked Senator Margaret Dayton to look at what I posted yesterday, along with Terryl Warner’s email (state board member) … Continue reading Why NCLB is better than Common Core
In an effort to assist people in their arguments in favor of partisan school board elections for Utah boards, this page contains a list of resources which will help explain what this is and why it is necessary. Partisan school board elections means the political parties vet their own candidates to find the best qualified … Continue reading Partisan School Board Election Arguments