A Blog Post from Kim Burningham

Utah State Board of Education Member Kim Burningham




If you build a new car, with lots of new technological gizmos, and you name it after your son Edsel, but it doesn’t sell, you stop production. At the urging of the Governor and legislators and their experts, Utah voters passed a constitutional amendment in 1996, which allowed income taxes to be spent not only on K-12 public education, but for the first time also on higher education. . . . → Read More

Grading the Legislature’s Education Effort

Utah State Board of Education Member Kim Burningham




State Board of Education member Kim Burningham shares his thoughts on how the Utah Legislature did on school issues. . . . → Read More

Using the “Surplus” to Help Our Schools

Utah State Board of Education Member Kim Burningham




In this blog, I wish to emphasize three issues. The first two facts contrast starkly; the third item is a separate but highly important alert: 1. Utah’s budget year has produced a $242 million surplus in the education fund. 2. Utah is once again shown to have the lowest per pupil funding in the United States. 3. Now is the time to learn about “Count My Vote,” a system designed to improve Utah’s candidate election process. . . . → Read More

School Grading — Harm or Help?

Utah State Board of Education Member Kim Burningham




Recent Utah headlines focus on the turmoil of school grading—of interest to every parent, student, and educator. Although I strongly favor the careful use of measurement to help determine strengths, weaknesses, and improvement, I AM NOT A FAN OF GRADING SCHOOLS. In fact, I fear this system may do more harm than good. . . . → Read More

Federal Lands and Education Dollars

Utah State Board of Education Member Kim Burningham




Kim Burningham, member of the Utah Sate Board of Education, writes about federal lands and education funding. (Note: In this post Mr. Burningham speaks in his own behalf; the point of view expressed in this blog does not purport to represent any organization of which he is a part including the Utah State Board of Education.) . . . → Read More

Ethics Changes! Contact your Legislator

Utah State Board of Education Member Kim Burningham




Strong ethical principles are vital to effective representative government. Unfortunately, national and local headlines make clear: government ethics improvement is an urgent need. . . . → Read More

Gov.’s Budget for Education Compared with the Need

Utah State Board of Education Member Kim Burningham




The legislature will soon be in session. Talk regarding the state’s education budget will multiply, and many of the arguments will be familiar. “This is the year of education,” will be the slogan of many politicians. Will it? . . . → Read More

Utah’s Educational Effort is Declining Despite Claims to the Contrary

Utah State Board of Education Member Kim Burningham




Utah’s declining educational effort has been well publicized. Imagine, therefore, my surprise when I sat in a public meeting in early January of this year and heard Representative Jim Nielson emphatically counter the criticism by describing the effort of the Utah Legislature to fund education, insisting that it was actually increasing. His analysis seemed dramatically different than I had heard and I knew I must do some investigation. . . . → Read More

Politics vs. Sound Policy: What is best for Utah students?

Utah State Board of Education Member Kim Burningham




Oh, how quickly opinions change when election season is upon us. This apparent hypocrisy is all too evident in the introduction and swift progress at the Utah State Capitol of SCR13 (Concurrent Resolution on Common Core Standards). . . . → Read More