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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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Extension of remarks: Grading Utah schools ...

Who gets an F?: Success depends on Legislature — Salt Lake Tribune EditorialFor years, Utah legislators criticized No Child Left Behind as a matter of principle because they believe the federal government (even President George W. Bush’s federal government, where it started) should butt out of public education, and also because of its one-size-fits-all inflexibility. Today, with the launch of the Legislature’s school grading system and its lists of school grades, it’s obvious the state has adopted many of the failed practices of NCLB....... There is no doubt some schools are deficient. But what are the causes, and what is the Legislature willing to do to help? ...

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New Utah school grading plan full of flaws — Peggy Jo Kennett | For The Salt Lake Tribune

The school grading program, created by SB271 S3 (2013 Session) is a one-size-fits-all system that dishonors students, their schools and the dedicated educators who serve them. ...

Utah assigns grades to all schools – how did yours do? — Ray Parker | The Salt Lake TribuneFor the first time, Utah’s traditional and charter public schools have received letter grades of A through F — hailed by lawmakers as a move toward transparency and decried by educators as an unfair, one-size-fits-all ranking.Find each school’s grade, released Tuesday, here.

Will Utah’s school grading system erode support for public schools? — Kirsten Stewart | The Salt Lake Tribune

Parents should care deeply about Utah’s new school grading system, educators say, but not because it shows which schools are excelling and which schools are failing. Rather, it is proof that a decades-old movement to privatize America’s public schools is making serious headway in Utah, said school board leaders, superintendents and teachers at a press conference Tuesday. ...

Utah critics: Grading system flawed, schools misrepresented — Nancy Van Valkenburg | Ogden Standard-Examiner

Viewmont High School Principal Dan Linford isn’t bothered so much that the new school grading system gave his school an "F." He is bothered by the fact that if just a few more students had taken CRT — or criterion-referenced test — exams, Viewmont High in Bountiful would have earned a "B" from the controversial new system. ...

A letter grade for each of Utah’s schools — Deseret News Editorial... Some will draw quick connections between income levels or large minority populations and performance. Those are important and instructive, particularly when it comes to knowing how the state should redirect its priorities and resources. It’s just as instructive, however, to find schools that are exceptions to these trends and examine how they have learned to succeed. ...

Why Utah’s schools need grading — Wayne Niederhauser and Becky Lockhart | For The Deseret News... A school’s letter grade is not a final judgment. It’s just an introduction and an invitation to engage. It won’t tell you everything just as your child’s grade may not reflect the totality of his or her experience in the classroom. It does, however, shine a necessary bright light in key areas. ...

Grading schools — St. George Spectrum Editorial... The grades provided some bragging rights for some schools and led to criticism of others. But, just as is the case with grades for their pupils, grades don’t tell the full story. ...

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