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Op-ed: Finland can teach the left and right about schools 9.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Public policy prescriptions that infuriate both the left and the right are not always on target, but it’s frequently a promising attribute. And in the case of education in Utah, it’s what is sorely needed. Recently on these pages the Tribune’s editorial board extolled the sanctity, permanence and desirability of the current and traditional public school model. Meanwhile, also in these pages, Christine Cooke of the Sutherland Institute triumphantly proclaimed that a material increase in school... <iframe src="" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Trump's Bait and Switch: How to Swamp Washington and Double-Cross Your Supporters Big Time 8.12.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Donald Trump speaks with supporters in Mesa, Arizona, on December 16, 2015. (Photo: Gage Skidmore ) Given his cabinet picks so far, it's reasonable to assume that The Donald finds hanging out with anyone who isn't a billionaire (or at least a multimillionaire) a drag. What would there be to talk about if you left the Machiavellian class and its exploits for the company of the sort of normal folk you can rouse at a rally? It's been a month since the election and here's what's clear: crony capitalism, the kind that festers and grows when offered public support in its search for private profits, is the order of the day among Donald Trump's cabinet picks. Forget his own " conflicts of interest ." Whatever financial, tax, and other policies his administration puts in place, most of his appointees are going to profit like mad from them and, in the end, Trump might not even wind up being the richest member of the crew.  Only a month has passed since November 8th, but it's already clear (not that it wasn't ...
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News roundup: Contradictions in foreign policy: Romney, Huntsman and other secretary of state candidates 8.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
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Tribune Editorial: Utah's needs go beyond Herbert's latest budget 8.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Meet the new state budget. Same as the old state budget. Gov. Gary Herbert has done what he usually does about this time of year. Wednesday he released a proposed $16 billion state budget that takes what the economy will give him, in this case increases in revenue stoked by a healthy economy, resists any suggestions to raise tax rates and puts the bulk of the new money into our bursting-at-the-seams system of public education. All that is, as Herbert argues, in keeping with the feelings of the ...
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Oklahoma lawmaker wants armed officers in private schools 8.12.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma lawmaker wants to slash the costs of obtaining and renewing handgun permits, place armed police officers in private schools and allow the governor and top elected officials to carry guns. Republican state Sen. Josh Brecheen has drafted four bills that would expand gun rights in the state. But some […]
Trump's Pick For Education: A Free Market Approach To School Choice 8.12.2016 NPR News
Betsy DeVos is the president-elect's candidate for Secretary of Education. The Michigan philanthropist favors a free-market competition and choice approach to school reform.
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Governor's new budget emphasizes law enforcement, education 7.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Gov. Gary Herbert released his proposed $16 billion budget Wednesday, a plan that urges extra investment in law enforcement and education. It includes no tax increases. But the governor projects about $287 million in new annual revenue that the state could “strategically invest” because of an improving economy that generates more tax collections as people earn and buy more. Herbert unveiled his proposals at a Utah Highway Patrol office in Murray — instead of at a public school as he has in recen...
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Letter: Utah should add a tax surcharge on extra kids 7.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Everyone knows education is important. Everyone knows Utah lags in funding our schools from a per-student perspective. Everyone knows Utah is philosophically and politically run by a group that celebrates and encourages large families. Instead of asking a childless person like myself to pay more taxes to fund education, how about asking the folks who are flooding our schools with students? Two or three kids could be “on the state’s dime,” with a parent surcharge on kids past that number. What c...
Former Cal State Chancellor Charles B. Reed dies at 75 7.12.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Former Cal State Chancellor Charles B. Reed, who steered the nation’s largest university system through record budget cuts and widened access to underserved students, died Tuesday at 75.

Reed, known for his blunt talk, tough leadership style and legendary work ethic, served as the sixth chancellor...

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Op-ed: Public schools need more money, and Utahns know it 4.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
For years, Utah citizens have listed public education as one of their top concerns. Various polls have shown support for a tax increase, especially when targeted at areas of public education that can deliver effective long-term results. The Utah Citizens’ Counsel (UCC) — a group of nonpartisan retirees with significant public policy experience — has been following these developments. We believe it is time for voters to support a major investment in our intellectual and social infrastructure — ou... <iframe src="" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Universities across U.S. exploring 'sanctuary' status for immigrants 4.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Albuquerque, N.M. • Universities and colleges in several states are considering labeling themselves “sanctuary campuses” amid fears from immigrant students and pressure from activists following the election of Donald Trump. College administrators in New Mexico — the state with the highest percentage of Latino residents— are looking into proposals that would grant immigrant students living in the country illegally protections while they pursue their studies. Meanwhile, advocates in California, Ge... <iframe src="" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Universities exploring 'sanctuary' status for immigrants 4.12.2016 AP National
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Universities and colleges in several states are considering labeling themselves &quot;sanctuary campuses&quot; amid fears from immigrant students and pressure from activists following the election of Donald Trump....
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Universities exploring ‘sanctuary’ status for immigrants 4.12.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Universities and colleges in several states are considering labeling themselves “sanctuary campuses” amid fears from immigrant students and pressure from activists following the election of Donald Trump. College administrators in New Mexico — the state with the highest percentage of Latino residents— are looking into proposals that would grant immigrant students […]
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Trump's education pick blamed in home state 3.12.2016 CNN: Top Stories
President-elect Donald Trump's pick for secretary of education, Betsy DeVos and her husband are major political power brokers in their home state of Michigan.
Op-ed: Solving real problems new public charter schools face 3.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
The Salt Lake Tribune recently editorialized that public charter schools “cherry-pick” their students. The claim that public charter schools “cherry-pick” students is not only false, but was fully addressed in statute many years ago. Charters accept anyone who walks through the door; when they reach capacity, state and federal law requires them to admit students via a random lottery. Raising tired, false claims against public charter schools is something I have come to expect from fringe special...
Betsy DeVos does have the qualifications for Secretary of Education 2.12.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

Does Ken Zeichner really believe that Donald Trump’s nomination of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education is a potential “disaster” and that her appointment would “harm many children” [“Betsy DeVos would be a disaster for public education,” Opinion, Nov. 30].  Or is he in reality more frightened that someone might actually challenge his predisposed affection […]
Seattle schools project $74 million shortfall next year, could mean teacher layoffs 1.12.2016 Seattle Times: Local

Seattle’s school district faces a budget shortfall of as much as $74 million for the 2017-18 school year, and the district is planning for the worst-case scenario, which could include teacher layoffs and program cuts.
Hypocrisy and Trumpism on the Agenda as ALEC Meets in Washington, DC 1.12.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Betsy DeVos, an anti-education activist and former chair of the Michigan Republican Party, with President-elect Donald Trump after they met at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, on November 19, 2016. (Photo: Hilary Swift / The New York Times) The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and its offshoot the American City and County Exchange (ACCE) are meeting in Washington, DC, this week to strategize on how to advance a far-right agenda under a Trump presidency. Trump Transition leader, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, is an ALEC booster. Not surprisingly the Trump team has been picking many with Koch and ALEC ties to fill key positions in government including Koch Congressman Mike Pompeo, school privatizer and ALEC funder Betsy DeVos , and South Carolina Governor and ALEC stalwart Nikki Halley. The ALEC agenda for this year's State and Policy Summit contains the usual potpourri of anti-worker, anti-government proposals along with quite a few important pay-to-play measures for big ...
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LiveWire: Education panelists offer their vision for state’s schools 1.12.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

The Seattle Times’ LiveWire event on visions for the public education system focused on what’s working in schools, and how issues can be addressed through more than just money.
Betsy DeVos would be a disaster for public education 30.11.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

Our public schools are a fundamental part of our democratic society. They are not just a product to be consumed by individuals, but they are also a public good that benefits the quality of our society as a whole.
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