State of Utah Archives: on Education


Jonathan Swinton: Reduce size of federal Dept. of Ed.; shift to local schools

Our children are the greatest future asset we have. Investing in them is key to their development and our future as a country. 74% of Utahns want us to provide more financial support to public education, yet, the Republican State legislature continues to balk at providing more support to our kids and teachers, and the Federal government provides insufficient support and is too involved in our schools. Here is how we can do it:
  1. Increase Education Funding Support From Federal Government: We need to shift the use of more Federal tax dollars toward supporting education.
  2. Let Local Educators Determine What To Do With Federal Dollars: The people that best know what is needed for our children is their teachers, schools, and districts.
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    Source: 2016 Utah Senate campaign website, VoteSwinton.com Oct 9, 2015

    Gary Herbert: Collaborate to rewrite No Child Left Behind

    Utah's state school board will not call for federal legislation to identify state governors as key partners in education. In a split 7-7 vote, the board rejected a request from Herbert's office to sign a letter supporting amendments to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which would require the governor's signature on plans for spending federal education dollars in Utah. The letter and amendments are being pushed by the NGA as a means of strengthening collaboration between state leaders as federal legislators work to rewrite the controversial No Child Left Behind Act.

    The board Chairman suggested Utah's education governance is better managed through local legislation or a popular vote, rather than forced on the state from Washington. After the vote, Herbert's education adviser acknowledged the rewrite of ESEA and No Child Left Behind is a moving target, but said the governor's office would continue to push for strengthened relationships with or without the board.

    Source: Salt Lake Tribune on 2016 Utah gubernatorial race Jun 19, 2015

    Mia Love: Local & parental control over schools, not federal

    As a mother with three children enrolled in public schools, education is extremely important to me. American families want better quality education, lower education costs, and more local control over decisions related to education. In recent years the US Department of Education has expanded the federal role in education to unprecedented levels. Utah--not the federal government--knows what is best for Utah's student. I trust Utah teachers & parents over Washington bureaucrats. These are my proposals to address the problems surrounding education:
    Source: 2014 Utah House campaign website, Love4Utah.com Aug 8, 2014

    Gary Herbert: Increase funding for applied technology colleges

    Last year, we united behind a commitment to education. We provided for 12,500 new students, we increased per pupil spending, we covered the increased cost of healthcare for our teachers, we invested millions in enhanced individualized instruction and help for at-risk children, and we put millions more in higher education, including our applied technology colleges.

    Education is the largest and most important investment Utah makes. While we recognize that money isn't everything, we should still take note--that while so many states face shrinking budgets and bleak forecasts, Utah has the means, the vision, and the commitment to rank education as its top priority. The proof of that investment is unmistakable. The national average Advanced Placement test score is 2.84. Utah's is 3.1. More than 27,000 students prepare for college through concurrent enrollment, and compared to other states with a high percentage of students taking the ACT, Utah ranks second in our test scores.

    Source: 2013 State of the State Address to Utah Legislature Jan 30, 2013

    Gary Herbert: Fervently committed $40M to STEM education

    We must remain fervently committed to STEM--science, technology, engineering and math education. As we discuss the future of STEM, the watchword is alignment--workforce alignment. Nothing matters more than preparing our children to face the new, interdependent global economy. So this year I propose we invest $20 million for STEM education. Eight state institutions of higher learning are reprioritizing their budgets to match that funding dollar for dollar. That's a full $40 million for STEM programs to make Utah's future workforce the smartest, most skilled, and most innovative workforce this nation has ever seen.
    Source: 2013 State of the State Address to Utah Legislature Jan 30, 2013

    Mia Love: Disbanding the federal Department of Education

    Love's proposed budget cuts would sap more than $100 million in federal funds to public education in Utah, including more than $38 million in special-education grants; nearly $21 million in grants to low-income Title I schools; and millions more for other programs.

    Love has previously proposed disbanding the U.S. Department of Education and turning programs over to the states. How much would Mia Love's budget save?

    Source: Robert Gehrke in Salt Lake Tribune (Utah), "Million/billion" Sep 6, 2012

    Dan Liljenquist: Let parents pick home, private, charter, or public

    There is no role for the federal government in education. When the federal Department of Education was created in 1979, it took education out of the hands of families and the states and moved it to Washington, attempting to create a one-size-fits-all program.

    Parents should have the right to decide which educational option is best for them. Parents should have the ability to select how and where their child is educated, whether that be home, private, neighborhood charter schools or public schools.

    Source: 2012 Senate campaign website, danforutah.com May 24, 2012

    Gary Herbert: Continue to increase funding for public schools

    Utah has long been committed to funding our public schools, our colleges and universities, and our technical institutions. In fact, few states in the country spend as much of their overall budgets on education as we do. Our unique demographics--which is a way of saying we have larger families--mean we must continue to increase funding to maintain and enhance the solid education and training our students receive. I cannot say enough about the importance of supporting public education.
    Source: Utah 2010 State of the State Address Jan 26, 2010

    Jon Huntsman: UCAT system: technical college for industry needs

    Workforce demands in quantitative skills continue to increase; yet, our workforce preparation is inadequate. We can and must do better in embracing our knowledge-based economy.

    The Utah College of Applied Technology was created to be responsive to industry and meet the demands of a growing technical workforce. While there are still issues to be ironed out, but we all agree on the goal: a UCAT system that is more responsive to real-time business needs and is more accessible to Utah's students.

    Source: Utah 2009 State of the State address Jan 27, 2009

    Jon Huntsman: Early learning is critical; so are languages & math

    Early childhood learning is critical for their long-term success, quality of life and our state's competitive edge in attracting world-class jobs. Early results indicate kindergarten students are 6 times better prepared for a successful first grade experience if they attended full-day kindergarten.

    We are leading the nation in educating our kids in 21st century languages like Chinese and Arabic. So, to the thousands of students studying Mandarin Chinese I say: Gongx gongx. "Congratulations!"

    Yet, our kids' literacy in these critical foreign languages must be matched by their mastery of numbers, an area that is in need of strengthening. We must keep pace. Through additional emphasis and reprioritizing, I have asked both public and higher ed to make this year the "Year of Math."

    Source: Utah 2009 State of the State address Jan 27, 2009

    Jon Huntsman: To produce first-rate students, pay for first-rate teachers

    Our strong economy now allows us the opportunity to fortify our foundations for the future. These foundations--which include education, the economy, quality of life, and governance--each has a set of reinforcing fundamentals. The first foundation is education.

    When I speak of focusing on our fundamentals, I speak of teacher compensation. Teaching must be reinforced as being among the most noble of pursuits. We must compensate fairly those who inspire our next generation of Utahns. If we hope to produce first-rate students, we must have first-rate teachers.

    Educational excellence begins with the recruitment, retention and commitment of teachers who are passionate about educating our youth--the only future we have. I refuse to stand by idly as we lose good educators to other states in our region. Together with my colleagues in the legislature, we have made significant strides in bolstering education the last two years. We can do more. We must do more.

    Source: Utah 2007 State of the State address Jan 16, 2007

    Jon Huntsman: School choice & competition is healthy for public schools

    School choice is a top priority. The Special Needs Scholarship Bill should be passed, including broader student categories & participation. This legislation will provide a marketplace test for tuition tax credits to assess the impact of education choice on Utah schools.

    We must be mindful that 97% of Utahís students are enrolled in public schools. Itís imperative that we keep them strong. Competition is healthy and certainly does not exclude mutually beneficial dialogue that shares ideas, techniques % problem solving tools to improve our childrenís education. Failure to attempt improvement in education through market forces means that we are not striving to improve our childrenís opportunities for learning.

    Partnerships between public education and the business community are beneficial and should be strengthened as a potential source of revenue. The private sector has developed and continues to develop practices and methods applicable to education, which can be shared with educators and parents.

    Source: Gubernatorial website, www.utah.gov/governor/ Nov 11, 2006

    Mike Leavitt: Emphasize market relevance in state colleges

    Our education emphasis can not stop in our primary grades. All Utahns need access to higher education. We are expanding our system of branch campuses, and increasing the velocity of our entire system. I have challenged the Board of Regents to reduce the time students take to get a 4-year degree to 4-years. We also need to double in five years and triple in eight years the number of engineering, computer science and tech graduates in Utah universities, colleges and applied technology centers.

    Let this be the beginning of a new emphasis on market relevance in the allocation of resources at our colleges and universities. I have proposed an aggressive building program to add the physical capacity on our campuses, and funding to assure we have qualified faculty and up-to-date equipment. We need 15,000 engineering and computer science students by 2005.Our economic future depends on it.

    Source: 2001 State of the State address to the Utah legislature Jan 16, 2001

    Mike Leavitt: 14.8% increase in funding for public education

    Education and economic expansion have never been closer allies. For that reason, I have proposed a four-year education improvement plan starting this year with a giant step forward in funding, 14.8%. The plan calls for more textbooks, class size reduction and paying teachers equivalent with other professionals.
    Source: 2001 State of the State address to the Utah legislature Jan 16, 2001

    Mike Leavitt: U-PASS: Accountability and skills testing in every grade

    By the end of next year, we will have put into operation our accountability system, U-PASS. Students will be tested continually to assure they are learning the necessary skills, especially in reading. Every child will read at grade level, or we will provide extra help until they do. Special consideration needs to be given to the progress of our ethnic minority students. We are losing too many of them.
    Source: 2001 State of the State address to the Utah legislature Jan 16, 2001

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