“Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius.”
– Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Academic mediocrity runs contrary to everything for which charters stand. Prosperity is paramount to the well-being and strength of Utah’s charters and our statewide education system as a whole. Intellectual stimulation and growth are requisite for competition, economy, and culture.
The principal statutory mandate associated with the creation and continuation of charter schools in Utah, requires constant gains and anticipates prosperity in…
- IMPROVING student learning
- ENCOURAGING innovation
- CREATING new professional opportunities for teachers
- INCREASING choice for student learning
- CREATING new models for education and accountability measures
- GREATER parental involvement opportunities
- EXPANDING public school choice
[See Utah Code Annotated §53A-1a-503(1) through (7)]
We cannot expect others to respect our cries for recognition without providing ample evidence that charters, and the charter school movement, are excelling in all areas of the education system. We are the leaders. We need to lead. And, in many areas we are; however, there is room for improvement.
Utah Charter Network provides its member schools opportunities to collaborate with their peers frequently within organized (yet friendly) environments. It’s about teamwork. “All ships rise” when we share best-practices and high-quality education delivery methods with each other!
A significant portion of UCN’s mission is centered on initiating and promoting elements of prosperity in individual charter schools, and the over 100 charter schools statewide.