(KCPW News) Educators and other stake holders in Utah’s public education system met today at the 2010 Education Excellence Summit to talk about improving student achievement and graduation rates in the state. Utah State Superintendent Larry Shumway and Utah State Commissioner of Higher Education William Sederburg participated in the panel. Shawna Warnick is a parent of children in elementary, middle school and high school in Utah. She told the panel, she isn’t sure Utah’s curriculum is rigorous enough for students to compete nationally and globally, however…
“I liked what Dr. Sederburg had to say.” Warnick said. “The fact that we’ve gotten complacent about our students with their entry to college and their senior year of high school doesn’t matter very much and that we need to raise the bar and raise the standards for our students in college entrance.”
Warnick said her kids would like to be challenged more in school. State Superintendent Larry Shumway said quality education has to be built from the bottom up, and it begins with more funding for optional extended day Kindergarten.
“That was funded four years ago with an appropriation that sunsets at the end of this year.” He said. ” So without legislative action we would lose that program and the data is clear that its helping lots of kids, our most needy kids, be ready for first grade.”
The Education Summit was organized by United Way of Salt Lake and other business and community leaders.