The column, "Utah falls short in dealing with at-risk students," by Natalie Gochnour was terrific (April 5). She is right to address a current Utah problem that should give us all cause for concern.
Our high school graduation rate ranks in the bottom half of the country. I have an extensive background in education as a public school teacher, three-time PTA president and on the Salt Lake school board for 12 years. I realize that the solution is difficult but also I believe that we need to make every effort to do more. Our young people absolutely deserve no less than our time and our best effort.
To quote Natalie: "As Utahns, we own these problems. We can pay now or pay a lot more later. These are our kids. These are our future. It's time to make them a priority." Many would agree that without an action plan we will pay later with higher levels of substance abuse, incarceration, unemployment and welfare payments.
Salt Lake City
- Why one Mormon man left Hollywood to be a...
- Dan Liljenquist: Detroit is sending a message...
- George F. Will: President Obama's epiphanies...
- In our opinion: Refinery should be allowed to...
- Jay Evensen: Utah inversions — 100...
- In our opinion: Don't delay saving for...
- Letter: Where's Al Gore?
- Letter: American billionaires
- In our opinion: Don't raise the minimum... 65
- My view: Fix Obamacare, don't replace it 63
- Robert Bennett: Create wealth before... 44
- Letter: American billionaires 38
- My view: Non-discrimination laws have a... 34
- In our opinion: No more 'Government... 33
- Can Mandela's legacy revive the GOP? 32
- President should not act without... 28