[Education Follow-up] I'm listening to RadioWest on KUER-FM right now. The topic is why certain right-wing Utah lawmakers so greatly fear the United Nations and a perceived anti-American thread that runs through the organization.
The original germ for host Doug Fabrizio's show was the dust-up last week over extra state funding for the public high schools' International Baccalaureate program, an accelerated learning method based in Geneva, Switzerland. I wrote about it in today's issue of City Weekly.
Here is the good news: State Rep. Carol Spackman Moss, D-Holladay, interviewed on the show, just told Fabrizio she got word today from key legislative leaders that more funding will, indeed, be found for the IB program, now in place in seven high schools along the Wasatch Front. The original request, defeated in the Senate Education Committee, was for $300,000. Moss says the amount will be less than hoped for. But she added that constituents' calls and e-mails--which were substantial--helped change minds at the top of the Legislature.
Good on you, people. (Holly Mullen)