Monday, November 7, 2016

This is a real tribute to Mr Beck. Remember to vote tomorrow for Mark Clement Alpine School Board.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Christian Weibell Endorsement

I appreciate Christian J Weibell endorsement. He is a great leader in educational technology and cares deeply about learning.


Monday, October 24, 2016

Invest in Education

I oppose Federal control of education as much as any candidate, but I think there are other issues that are just as important. I feel that strong education can really improve Utah's economy. And I think that a focus on math and science skills will benefit all of us.
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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Best Campaign Worker

This is the best campaign worker I have ever seen. My grandson calls me "Opah", so he is saying "Vote for Opah".
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School Board Debate

Here is a video of the debate for Alpine School Board District #4 in case you were not able to attend on Tuesday. I was so impressed by the students who put together the questions and ran the debate. As I talked to them, I had great hope for our future.

Friday, October 14, 2016

School Funding

Three Alpine School District board members recently authored a letter where they promised to vote to reduce the District budget by 6% to avoid federal mandates.  Although I would like to avoid the strings that come with federal funding, this is not the time to reduce the budget for our children.  Utah currently ranks last in the nation in per-student funding spending only $6,555 per pupil compared to New York at $19,818 per pupil and a national average of $10,700.  If anything, we need to increase education funding to prepare our students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields where educational costs are higher.  I am disturbed when board members attempt to score political points at the expense of our most vulnerable citizens (our children).

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/local/wp/2015/06/02/the-states-that-spend-the-most-and-the-least-on-education-in-one-map/

Administrative Costs

Utah school administration costs average $63 per student, compared to a national average of $202.  I think that most people think the administrative overhead is greater than it is.

http://www.sltrib.com/home/4443251-155/survey-shows-misplaced-mistrust-in-utah