With a $1.6 billion budget surplus, Utah Lawmakers are in a position to reform Utah's public education system, but what exactly does that mean? This week on Utah NOW we're asking what it's really going to take in money and political will to make fundamental change.
Studio guests include Elisa Peterson, Executive Director of Parents for Choice in Education, Janet Cannon, Vice Chair of the Utah State Board of Education, and Andrea Rorrer, Director of the Utah Education Policy Center at the University of Utah.
Thank you for giving light on the Voucher System, and putting it in perspective.
Posted by Brian Jones, Friday February 9th, 2007 @ 10:40 pm
We can reduce class size by simply imposing a rule that 3 out of 4 persons employed by the school system must be teachers. That leaves one grievance couselor, one principal,one secretary, one cook, or whatever for every three teachers. That should be more than adequate support troops.
Posted by Charles Welle, Friday February 9th, 2007 @ 10:41 pm
The voucher system is needed because the public school system fails to provide support for students like my grandson with ADHD. He thrived at voucher schools and is currently going to a HS specializing in film arts, while his older brothers dropped out and obtained their GED HS diplomas. All are very brigh; their mother was very pro-active in trying to get ADHD accommodation for the older boys which failed miserably and she is very thankful the youngest son had the voucher option!
ps: your graphic is very hard to read on my computer, but I gave it my best shot.
Posted by bonnie doone, Friday November 2nd, 2007 @ 2:47 pm
As a teacher of 34+ years, this is the first year I have had over 32 students in my science classroom and I have classes with 36students! This is unimaginable, especially in light that I am expected to teach 8th grade integrated science by doing. Currently, administrators make the decisions within the school districts as to class size and it has not been working. Provo School District went to year-round schools with the "promise" that it would reduce class size. It did not. Utah continues to "stack 'em deep and teach 'em cheap". We need real class reduction! Apparently this needs to be done by legislative action by passing laws similar to California and other states, giving a maximum class size and then only allowing it to be increased in consultation with the teacher. Then paying an amount for each child over that limit, if the teacher is willing and able to teach a larger class.
Posted by Golden Adams, Saturday November 3rd, 2007 @ 12:30 pm
i would like more information from the Bonnie doone, maybe if you have an email address that would help me contact her. I have the same problem but do not know what schools to look at for help.
Posted by Lillian Parkinson, Thursday September 4th, 2008 @ 11:12 am
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