With the recent changes to Utah schools, we’ve seen the best and worst of our education system. Utah has some of the brightest and most dedicated teachers anywhere, but our system sometimes doesn’t meet the needs of certain students. Now is the time to champion the most educational freedom and choice, and allow each student to achieve his or her greatest potential.
There should never be a one-size-fits-all program for our kids. My administration will support the rights of parents, oppose any effort to usurp local control, and empower schools and teachers as we work to end the teacher shortage.
On March 4, I unveiled my first wave of solutions for public education on the steps of the Utah Capitol. Here are some highlights:
- In the first 100 days, convene an Education Deregulation Task Force to identify and eliminate excessive regulation
- Push against federal overreach and its invasive interference of local education decisions
- Replace the current school measurement system with a better system based on student growth and progress
- Create a single, shared, long-term plan for high quality education. Veto all pet projects or vendor bills that don’t align.
- Target money for students and teachers, not fancy buildings
- Empower schools and teachers to be more innovative
As someone who has served in PTA, on school community councils, and spent hundreds of hours in the classroom, education that is driven at the local level, acting in a way that is responsive to parents, is best equipped to help our kids learn.
My running mate, State Auditor John Dougall, and I are running to stop Utah from becoming like California, where teachers are leaving in droves. Our only way to get on the ballot is with your help, and we would be honored to have your vote at Convention.