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George Pyle
George Pyle has been a newspaper writer in Kansas, Utah, Upstate New York, and now Utah again, for more than 30 years - most of it as an editorial writer and columnist. Now on his second tour of duty on The Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board, he has also done a stretch as a talk radio host, published a book on the ongoing flaws of U.S.agricultural policy and, in 1998, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing. His most active bookmarks are Andrew Sullivan, Christopher Hitchens and Tina Brown. And he still thinks the Internet can be used for intelligent conversation and uplifting ideas.

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(Al Hartmann | Tribune file photo) Utah Gov. Gary Herbert vetoed HB76 to allow carrying of concealed guns without a permit. He said the current system -- requiring background checks and firearms familiarity classes -- works fine.
Editorial Sampler: Thoughts about schools. No guns. Just schools....

Education budget: Too little for struggling kids — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial ... Forbes magazine rates Utah as the best state for business. However, Utah does not fare well in what many believe is an even more important function of state government: educating Utah’s children. Nearly a quarter of Utah children do not graduate from high school. Of those who do, about a third are not ready for college. Gov. Gary Herbert soft-pedaled those realities when he explained his fiscal year 2014 budget recommendations to the Tribune editorial board Wednesday. ...

Innovative thinking needed to reform education — Deseret News Editorial ... In a state where revenues always will struggle to keep pace with the growing student population, state leaders ought to be focusing more on becoming leaders in innovative delivery systems for quality instruction....

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Literature deserves its place in classroom — Santa Fe New Mexican Editorial ... As we have remarked before, few good ideas in education aren’t somehow spoiled while being implemented. ...

Quality teaching vs. tenure rights — Denver Post Editorial ... Despite union claims, DPS and other districts don’t have to place tenured teachers who can’t find a job.

Getting abusers out of the classroom — Orange County Register Editorial ... A key reform for the new California Legislature is protecting school children from predatory teachers. In the past year, several scandals brought forth the need for reform....

Bipartisan coalition in state Senate bodes well for education — Seattle Times Editorial



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