Subject: Addendum to letter re: SB 39 2014
Date: Mon Jan 13 00:05:31 MST 2014
I was wrong about students not having any "upward mobility" in public school.
Online charter schools are an exception. I had forgotten that in online charter
schools such as Utah Virtual Academy-- which uses the private curriculum of K12,
Inc.-- students can learn at their own rate and can test out of things they already
know to eventually advance grades in those subjects. For example, a UTVA 4th
grader can be in 6th grade Math and 8th grade Language Arts if she has met the
requirements to advance to those levels (a nod to Sen. Howard Stephenson and
other leaders who have helped to keep educational choices available in Utah).
Conventional public schools use computers too. Why can't they have the ability to
customize education like online charter schools or especially home school? Despite the huge amounts of unearned tax revenue that pour into public education, they don't have the
ability to customize because of all the regulations, special interests, and unions.
We're grateful that families in Utah have freedom to choose what's best for them in
education and that there are so many options available to choose from for each child's
needs. Whether it is conventional public school, charter school (either in a building or
online at home), private school, or that most private of private schools: home school.
Utah is a model state in so many ways. Thanks for all you do and for listening to
I am grateful that families in Utah have freedom to choose what's best for them in education and that there are so many options available to choose from for each child's needs. Utah is a model state in so many ways. Thanks for all you do and for listening to constituents.