Will Utah’s school grading system erode support for public schools?

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Parents should care deeply about Utah’s new school grading system, educators say, but not because it shows which schools are excelling and which schools are failing.

Rather, it is proof that a decades-old movement to privatize America’s public schools is making serious headway in Utah, said school board leaders, superintendents and teachers at a press conference Tuesday.

But state lawmakers say the letter grades, A through F, assigned Tuesday to traditional and charter schools will force educators to pay attention to inequities that have been ignored for too long.

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