What is the best form of governance for public education? Part 3: Diffusion of power is the cornerstone of our Republic

Utah State Board of Education Member Dave Thomas blogs for UtahPublicEducation.org "Closing the Achievement Gap"

Some have argued that eliminating the elected and constitutionally empowered Utah State Board of Education in favor of a system under the centralized authority of the Governor is a good thing for two reasons: First, increased efficiencies and, second, the Governor is the chief executive for the state and therefore, should oversee public education. So what’s so wrong with that? . . . → Read More

We are public schools

Utah State Board of Education Chairwoman Debra Roberts, District 15

Over the past several years of service on the State Board of Education, I have learned the truth of Henry Kissinger’s statement, “It’s not a matter of what is true that counts, but a matter of what is perceived to be true.” I have also learned the power of word choice to create perception and the political motivation that too often elicits these word choices. One of these word choices used to create an untrue and dangerous perception is calling our schools “government schools,” rather than what they are: public schools. . . . → Read More

What is the best form of governance for public education? Part 2

Utah State Board of Education Member Dave Thomas blogs for UtahPublicEducation.org "Closing the Achievement Gap"

This is the second in a two-part series on public education governance by Utah State Board of Education member Dave Thomas, who represents District 4. Mr. Thomas is a former Utah State Senator and former Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Education. His first post examines the data behind one of . . . → Read More

Session’s end looms, dozens of education bills still in play

This is the last week of the legislative session, which ends Thursday at the stroke of midnight. And this means lawmakers are working at a frenzied pace to finish before time runs out. . . . → Read More

Another 19 ed bills unveiled as session enters the final stretch

Stack of Bills

This is the first day of the last full week of the Utah Legislature’s 2011 general session, which officially ends Thursday, March 10 at the stroke of midnight. The last day scheduled for committee hearings is Wednesday. And while the end is drawing very near, we have 19 new education-related bills to add to our bills to watch list. . . . → Read More

Utah Senate gives preliminary approval to resolution changing public education governance

Stack of Bills

The Senate gives preliminary approval to a resolution changing the governance of the state’s public education system. Also, read a recap of what happened on Friday at the Utah Legislature, including news about a teacher tenure bill the State Board of Education sees as unnecessary. . . . → Read More