This will actually be a DECREASE in per pupil spending.This isn't
even going to cover the increase in the number of students so we will be falling
even further behind.
Early intervention is a key to helping students whose parents are not going to
be as involved in their education as others. Utah Parents have a
tendency (NOT all of them but some), to look at education only through their own
eyes. Be Christ like. Not every child is going to have parents that read to
them, teach them study habits, and encourage them in their education. As a moderate republican (oxymoron in Utah), government does have a place.
Not as big of place as the national government thinks, but a place. State government helping kids through funding early intervention programs like
full day kindergarten, FOR THOSE PARENTS WHO CHOOSE IT, is a good investment in
the future of our state. It will save us money down the road. It will
help children who, without judging their parents circumstances, need a helping
hand. Education is the best, most productive investment we can make for our
future. Governor Herbert recognizes this and I salute him for it!
"Enough is enough" and "the feeding frenzy of education",
what are you talking about? We already spend less per student than any other
state, how is that a enough, or a feeding frenzy. I agree that illegal aliens
are a financial drain on our state and overall improvement in income would
benefit education, but to say Utah already funds education at a sufficient level
How is providing 6 million less than the cost of growth a "win" for
education. That means that the money available per student next year will be
less than this year, helping the state who spends the least per student take the
bottom down even further. Not sure why the governor is all smiles.
This hardly qualifies as more dollars unless the funding per student has
increased and/or the total proportion of the state budget devoted to education
has increased. His preference for mission-based funding is OK, as
long as the liberal arts and the traditional general education requirements in
college remain a priority mission in the minds of our legislators. This kind of
higher education is necessary to provide us with informed parents and voters.
It's not just about job training. In fact, a general education may be a better
preparation than learning one specific skill which then becomes obsolete. I oppose this push for full-day kindergarten. The trend is to make
kindergarten the new first grade, which is unfair to the many children who not
yet ready. They need more general knowledge about the world. As a new study
shows, Together, attention, fine motor skills, and general knowledge are much
stronger overall predictors of later math, reading, and science scores than
early math and reading scores alone (ERIC document EJ897217). In
other words, we dont need to push kindergartners into specific reading and math
skills yet. Or is this about free day care?
They have enough and enough is enough. Greed is a taxpayers nightmare and its
time this state learns to say NO. The feeding frenzy of education and illegal
aliens has gone on long enough. If the Governor wants some magic
money how about some honest money for a change by raising the working people of
Utah's income levels. The state has lost billions of dollars to corporate and
business greed through loses in income levels and with business prosperity
getting bigger, how about spreading some of that wealth with the rest of the
state in pay raises.Higher pay means higher incomes and higher
income taxes, a win win for the state and education and UDOT and UTA.BTW, the UEA, the NEA, PTA, and the BOE (board of eduction) are not our
elected representatives nor are they hired to report on the needs and decide the
budget of any government entity, including education. Our legislators are the
only authorized budget makers and they will get what they are fed and live with
in that allotment.