About The Projected Costs To Change Utah’s Standards

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I wanted to follow-up on an article about Utah’s projected costs to change its academic standards.

Utah State Board of Education member Spencer Stokes was the person who floated the $100 million number to replace Common Core.

Here is a little you should know about Stokes. He is a lobbyist for Education First. Christel Swasey wrote about their involvement with Utah education policy.

What I find fascinating about Stokes complaint about the Common Core replacement costs is the fact he is on board with the push to raise the state’s income and sales tax in order to raise $700 Million for the state to spend on education.

Yet he wants parents and opponents of Common Core to pay for its replacement.

Lisa Cummins, who serves on the Utah State Board of Education, sent me the report that was cited that Spencer based his numbers on that you can read below:

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I would also encourage you to look at the total state appropriations for education in Utah which is $3.4 Billion (a total of $4.8 Billion).

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Here is a helpful flowchart.

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Even if it did cost $100 million, and I’m not convinced that will, how much more will Utahns have to pay down the road for poor standards? $100 million may seem like a bargain.

2 thoughts on “About The Projected Costs To Change Utah’s Standards

  1. It is a shame we cannot sue CCSSO and NGA for selling us a bad product in the first place (of course they protected themselves from the start by owning the standards but excluding themselves from any liability). Maybe they should fork over the money to replace their faulty product. I know it is a stretch but this is what happens when our government jumps into something never tested only to gain favor from the big money brokers.

  2. Some of the same people telling Utah parents that it will be too expensive to replace the standards now were the ones who told us that adopting Common Core would cost practically nothing when we asked why no cost analysis was done before signing on in the first place. They said new materials, training, assessments were ongoing costs that would happen anyway.

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