Utah School Board Candidates Defend Teachers and Common Core During SLC DebateJune 15, 2016
Salt Lake Tribune
During a debate among candidates for Utah’s State School Board, several candidates noted that the Common Core are a set of much-needed benchmarks that provide guidance for students. One candidate, Bountiful Elementary teacher Laurie Williams, spoke in favor of the Common Core, “It does need to be tweaked. But it is a really good, rigorous set of standards.” Williams’ comments coincide with the recent Utah School Board decision to conduct a full review of Common Core, which is exactly what states were intended to do with the standards. Like Williams, teachers across the country have acknowledged that Common Core State Standards are key to helping students apply classroom skills to the real world.