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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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(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) "Utahns Against Common Core" rallied at the Utah Capitol, Tuesday, February 18, 2014 to send a message to Utah Legislators to either stand up against common core or prepare to be voted out of office. The non-partisan coalition of Utahns believes Common Core as a system that treats Utah’s children like political and corporate resources rather than as individuals born with unique talents and needs.
Pundit minds. Small circles: Common Core ...

Give Common Core an honest review — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

" ... ‘We don’t have local control now,’ says Utah’s leading Common Core opponent, Utah Eagle Forum leader Gayle Ruzicka. ‘We have federal control’.

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"That is not true, and Ruzicka knows it. Whatever embrace the state has made or continues to make of the Common Core standards, they have never been mandatory. The state remains totally in control, which is why Gov. Herbert can convene this effort to review and perhaps change its standards. Ruzicka is cynically playing to her base, and Utahns genuinely interested in improving education would be wise to ignore her. ..."

Herbert wants to appease the right on Common Core — Paul Rolly | The Salt Lake Tribune

"Gov. Gary Herbert’s call for an attorney general’s office review of the academic Common Core standards adopted by Utah and dozens of other states has the smell of a re-election campaign around it. ...

" ... Herbert had a meeting with Eagle Forum President Gayle Ruzicka before the 2013 general legislative session. She hammered on the Common Core being a promoter of the ‘gay agenda,’ according to sources close to the governor.

"The spread of such paranoia also can be a useful fundraising tool for these groups. ...

It’s time to scrutinize Common Core standards through rigorous review process — Deseret News Editorial

" ... The problem with Common Core lies not so much in the standards themselves (states retain considerable latitude as to how they are implemented), as in the perception that those standards originated elsewhere. ..."

Public Education and Black Helicopters — Bryan Schott | Utah Policy

"No doubt seeing political trouble ahead, GOP Gov. Gary Herbert announced Thursday morning a new special commission to look into Utah public education standards, and requested an attorney general opinion to "make sure" that Utahns are in fact in control of education standards, and not the feared Big Brother federal government.

"If it’s not a case of a politician asking for a study to get the wackos off his back, it’s close to it. ..."

Let the Board of Education do its job with Common Core standards — Casper Star-Tribune Editorial

" ... As if lawmakers don’t have enough on their plate, some clearly want to dig into the nitty gritty of education standards. That’s a recipe for politicization of curriculum — never a good thing. Don’t forget that Wyoming lawmakers used a budget footnote this year to ban the Board of Education from considering the Next Generation Science Standards, due to discomfort with the teaching of climate change and evolution. Of course, the lawmakers’ decision went over the heads of parents and educators who wholeheartedly signed off the standards. ..."

Don’t throw out foundation of ‘Common Core’ – improve on it — Wilmington (N.C.) Star News Editorial

"Back to square one. After giving students and teachers just two years to work within the Common Core Standards, our visionary band of lawmakers has voted to throw the whole thing out and start over. Gov. Pat McCrory says he’ll sign the bill, which directs education officials and a newly created "advisory commission" to adopt new K-12 standards.

"The Honorables promise that the new guidelines will be just as challenging. (Trust them.)

"Meanwhile, millions of dollars and thousands of hours spent by school districts and teachers are out the window. ..."

Jindal administration is clueless on Common Core — New Orleans Times-Picayune Editorial

"As Gov. Bobby Jindal and his administration flail about for a way to stop Common Core testing, Louisiana families and schools are being thrown into chaos. ..."

No cause to halt Common Core in N.J. — South Jersey Times Editorial



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