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Our public school system represents our nation's commitment to helping all children dream their dreams and achieve them.

But, if we're being honest, that aspiration of a great public education for every child has never been totally fulfilled, even in Utah. As we begin another school year, I ask all Utahns, especially our teachers, parents and community partners, to reclaim the promise of public education.

The promise of public education is under attack by those who think the answer to providing a high-quality education is to starve our schools, by those who see public education as the last frontier to privatize, and by those who emphasize testing over teaching, ideology over evidence, and sanctions instead of supports.

We can reclaim the promise of public education by fighting for neighborhood public schools that are safe, welcoming places; where teachers are well-prepared, supported, and can teach an engaging, well-rounded curriculum; and where children have access to wraparound services to meet their emotional, social and health needs.

With one voice, parents, students, teachers and community partners can reclaim the promise of a quality public education for all.

Brad Asay


American Federation of Teachers Utah