Issue Position: Education

Issue Position

By:  F. Jay Seegmiller
Date: Jan. 1, 2012
Location: Unknown

As a product of the Utah public school system, Jay is committed to fighting for Utah's schools. He understands a strong educational system is necessary to keep Utah's economy healthy and competitive. Jay is passionate about ensuring that our schools have the resources they need to provide a cutting-edge education. We've got to make sure that our schools are preparing our kids for the job market.

Primary and Secondary Ed

No Child Left Behind needs to be drastically reformed. Despite its good intentions, NCLB has failed because of of its one-size-fits-all approach and its chronically underfunded mandates. He would approach the upcoming reassessment of the law with the following core principles in mind:

The determination of a school's effectiveness should be based upon more than just students' performance on a single, statewide test;
A student's growth ought to be measured over time, not just at a single point;
Rather than punish low-performing schools, the federal government needs to offer financial resources, technical assistance and other supportive interventions;
To increase the number of highly qualified teachers in our schools, we should support capacity-building programs, increase funding for the professional development of educators, and encourage more teachers to become nationally board-certified.
Higher Education

Jay knows that higher education is critical to a healthy and competitive economy. With an economy based on innovation and highly-skilled jobs, this is no time to waver on our commitment to education. The rising costs of higher education are placing an unsustainable burden on our students. While we can't control what private institutions charge, we can do a great deal to reduce the cost of tuition at public colleges, universities, and community colleges. After all, that's where a full 70% of our students earn their degrees. We need to:

Keep interest rates on student loans low.
Encourage tech-transfer partnerships between colleges & employers to get students into the workforce right out of school.

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