All bills presented to the Senate Education Committee yesterday were passed out unanimously. No student will graduate from Utah high schools believing kings govern this great state thanks to Senator Stephenson’s American Civics Education Initiative, which would require every public school student to pass the U.S. Naturalization and Citizenship Test with 60% accuracy before graduating or receiving a GED. Great concept–who doesn’t want an electorate who understands (or has at least memorized) that there are 3 branches of government, 9 justices on the Supreme Court, and every state has 2 Senators representing it in the United States Senate? But what will the logistics of this look like? Who will grade and determine the acceptability of answers to open-ended questions, when will students take this test, if a student does not pass, then what? I loved giving this test to my 8th grade U.S. History students at the beginning of the school year and again at the end of the year to see what they learned, but I wonder if I’d love it so much if it was part of a required high stakes testing that determined my students’ ability to graduate.
Enough about yesterday’s Education Committee in the Senate… Today, Jan, 28, the House Education Committee meets at 2:00 with the following agenda.
1. HB0069 English Language Arts Instructional Tool (C. Moss)
2. HB0081 Local School Board Meetings Requirements (C. Hall)
3. HB0093 School District Amendments (C. Hall)
4. HB0054 Public Education Increased Funding Program (J. Draxler)
5. HB0067 Grants for Digital Learning (J. Anderegg)
See Jan. 27 Update on new bills and bills status