The legislative task force on accountability in education on Monday, June 7, heard a sad report from a parents group in Sandy, where an elementary school's scores have declined 12 percentile points in four years. The lack of books and materials have made it very difficult for parents to help their children. Teachers follow a random "file-cabinet curriculum" instead of using approved textbooks, because the principal isn't very pro-books. District officials say he has the money.
Parents should be empowered to choose schools or to replace an underachieving principal or teacher. They should be able to appoint one of their excellent teachers to be acting principal to finish the school year. Families are the customers and should have first priority. Any business that ignores customers' demands might soon be history.
Citizens for Strong Families
Salt Lake City