Happy New Year!
I always enjoy this time of year, and I sincerely hope that it is a wonderful season for all of you. Susan joins me in sending our best wishes.
It is also a good time to think about what will happen in the coming year. I did that, and below you will find a few of my hopes for the coming year:
Ґ More national political leaders will value solutions over political posturing, even if it requires compromise.
Ґ The Utah Legislature and the Governor will take more than miniscule steps to increase educational financial support.
Ґ The Utah State Legislature will use the current “surplus” to start moving aggressively to address those education funding needs.
Ґ We will learn from the Swallow debacle: Just trusting political leaders is naivete. Strong ethical requirements in Utah (and elsewhere) must be instituted.
Ґ The “Count My Vote” initiative will achieve the required number of signatures and be accepted by Utah citizens.
Ґ Utah students will continue the improvement demonstrated in recent improved graduation rates.
Ґ Educators will feel appreciated for their daily service to Utah children!
I recognize it is an optimistic list. If only a few of these see progress, it will be a success. If all bear fruit, it would be a miracle. If none of them see significant inroads, I will be disappointed.
But this time of year is a time of hope, and I am hopeful!
Again, Happy New Year!