Business Leaders Applaud Legislature’s Support for EducationFebruary 24, 2012
With just 13 days remaining in the 2012 General Legislative Session, business leaders supporting the Prosperity 2020 movement praised lawmakers for their support of education and called for action on three legislative items.
“Our long-term prosperity depends in part on the decisions made in this Capitol,” said Mark Bouchard, chair of the Prosperity 2020 movement and senior managing director of CBRE. “Today we call for action on optional all-day kindergarten, reducing the financial burden on college students and mission-based funding for colleges and universities.”
Already this session, Legislators have advanced education in several ways. Several key bills are making their way through the Legislature, setting clear goals by implementing ACT testing for 8th, 10th and 11th graders (S.B. 10); measuring progress by implementing computer adaptive testing (H.B. 15 and S.B. 97); and evaluating performance to provide new teacher evaluation tools (S.B. 64).
“It is a business principle that you cannot improve anything unless you can measure it,” said Bouchard. “These measurement tools are critical first steps toward improving our educational performance.”
The Legislature has also advanced bills in favor of fair competition, providing pay increases for public and higher education; to embrace innovation, strengthening mathematics and science education, including investment in the Utah Science Technology and Research initiative (USTAR), and by investing in people, supporting Success Stipends and Scholarships.
Heading into the home stretch of the legislative session, business leaders also encouraged members of the Legislature to support three additional measures.
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