Board of Education member strongly disagrees with state Sen. over school grading proposal

A State Board of Education member strongly disagrees with a state lawmaker who believes grading public schools with letter grades of A through F would bring about more accountability and transparency to education. Tammi Pyfer says the idea came from a Florida reform plan where they also lowered class size and increased per-pupil spending. She says Republican Senator Howard Stevens, who is promoting school report cards, fails to look at the whole picture. Pyfer says Stevenson fails to look at Utah’s dire situation with per-pupil spending and class sizes. She feels good about what Governor Gary Herbert has recommended in his budget for public education. Pyfer believes it is time to look for more ways to fund education, such as taxing public land and making changes in tax policy. Pyfer was a guest on KVNU’s Crosstalk Show Tuesday.

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