Letter: Education priority misalignment

Published: Sunday, March 9 2014 12:00 a.m. MST

I understand that the Utah State Senate voted in favor of a property tax increase on Tuesday that could mean as much as $100 million for public education over the next few years. However, rather than using that money to cover basic education needs, a last-minute amendment would divert it all to help fund Speaker Becky Lockhart's technology initiative.

As a teacher, father and grandfather of Utah public-education students, I consider this action to be a misalignment of priorities in our public-education needs. The legislature needs to first fund the following basic public-education needs before considering new projects, like HB131:

Fully fund new student growth.

A minimum 2.5 percent increase on the WPU

Social Security/retirement as a separate line item

Restore at least two days of educator professional development.

Technology resources are important, but these basic needs must be met first.

David Bettinson


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