“Learning is not to be attained by chance, it must be sought with ardor and attended to with diligence.”
Education, whether primary or secondary, is the responsibility of parents, teachers, and local leaders. It is not the province of the Federal government.
I have long been a patriot-activist where education is concerned, having founded and led a charter school here in Utah myself. When it comes to education, I am definitely “pro choice.”
I’ve fought to keep funding decisions local and passed legislation to disrupt the traditional one-size-fits-all education model. Statewide testing has not improved public education outcomes and are not always reliable or valid to demonstrate student performance or teacher quality.
While there should be accountability for public investment and metrics for parents to choose schools, state standardized testing has not proven to be the best tool for either. The federal government should have no role in Utah’s education system. I oppose Common Core and any efforts to federalize or nationalize K-12 education.
As a state legislator, I led the fight to end the denial of student speech and due process rights on college campuses against incredible opposition from the corrupt Higher Ed establishment. I have advocated for legislation and litigation to protect our freedom of association and to strengthen religious liberty. The erosion of our First Amendment rights is having far reaching, generational impacts for our whole society, which is why we need to elect free speech champions who will put an end to the insanity of political correctness.
I sponsored and passed legislation called "Know Before You Go," which requires institutions of higher learning to disclose to students their post-graduation earnings potential relative to the amount of expected debt. Institutions of higher education are clearly taking advantage of naive students, so the key is to help curtail that.
As a member of Congress, I will continue to be a proponent of school choice, fight to keep funding decisions local, and disrupt any kind of one-size-fits-all education model.
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