Ogden School District Superintendent Brad Smith on Wednesday voiced his support for the School Grading System, which on Tuesday published letter grades for all public schools in Utah.
Backed by local and state business leaders, and flanked by school children from the "B"-graded Ogden Preparatory Academy and Polk Elementary, Smith said the new system, based on House Bill 271, is not perfect, but he welcomes anything that draws attention, parental concern and resources to schools in need of significant improvement.
Alan Hall, founder of MarketStar and chairman of Prosperity 2020, said a better education is key to improving the workforce and the economy. Rich Nelson, of the Utah Technology Council, said Utah's "talent shortage" is one of the biggest obstacles that keeps the state from moving forward in fields he represents.
The full story is coming soon in the Standard-Examiner.