Utah education funding remains low

Per-pupil spending well below national average, report says

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  • Citizen Activist
    May 30, 2008 8:36 p.m.

    What a lousy article. The Salt Lake Tribune and KCPW did a much better job highlighting the findings and discussing the challenges Utah faces with its high student population. Kroes even praises the legislature and their incredible commitment to education funding these last two years. I urge you to read the actual study and not rely on this slanted, lackluster reporting. Shame on you Deseret News. It appears you want to hide the facts of an unbiased study so you can keep pushing your agenda of misinformation about education funding.

  • Anonymous
    May 30, 2008 2:56 p.m.

    The article misleads the public. Check out the census reports and the legislative spending reports. It's really quite simple, but is too difficult for the news media to grasp. Did you not listen to the debates last year about student funding?

    Just because you are uninformed, don't blame the rest of us.

  • Anonymous
    May 30, 2008 1:47 p.m.

    "During 2005-06, Utah spent an average of $5,437 per student, compared to $9,138 nationally."


    Where are these people getting $7500/student?

    Can they not even read the article?

    Just think what we could do in Utah if we DID spend $7500/student!

  • Anonymous
    May 30, 2008 9:48 a.m.

    Ouch doesn't believe $7500/student is adequate? Now that's what I call ignorant. Most private schools cost less than that. As with any monopolistic bureaucracy we see high costs and low quality -- the exact opposite of a free market which delivers increasing quality and lower and lower costs.

    We do punish our cars if they don't have the performance and fuel efficiency we expect -- we sell them and get something better. Sounds like a good idea for some of the overpaid, unqualified teachers and administrative bureaucrats in this state. Let's start with eliminating the state office of "education".

  • Ouch
    May 30, 2008 9:43 a.m.

    To Red and Anonymous. Following your mental path would lead people to punish thier cars for not getting good enough gas mileage by refusing to fill up the tank. Tune what needs to be tuned but pretending that you don't need to fund education adequately is just plain stupid.

  • Anonymous
    May 30, 2008 8:58 a.m.

    Utah spends over $7500/student. We have adequate spending. It's how we spend it that's the problem. We need to stop focusing on daycare (warehousing kids) and instead focus on education.

    Also, why do these articles misrepresent the burden the taxpayers shoulder in this state?

  • To Red
    May 30, 2008 8:55 a.m.

    Keep on towing the eagle forum line...

    Fortunately we have enough new blood in Utah to get rid of the politicians that think that way.

    Times are changing and public ed in Utah will once again be on top.

  • Red Smith
    May 30, 2008 7:59 a.m.

    Spending money does not equate to a better education. Having spent billions on educations, Utah Public School system still does not produce its own text books, operates a school system that makes kids nhappy, and not independent thinkers and learners.

    Public School buildings are not efficiently used. Having a building vacant 185 days a year is uneducated.

    Paying prinicpals who don't teach more than teachers is uneducated.

    The real problem is there's too much money in education.

  • Dave
    May 30, 2008 7:43 a.m.

    As long as Utah is 80% federally owned and un-taxed we will always be paying less per student. Then throw in Presidents who take 2 billion dollars worth of coal from the School Trust, just to appease his eviro-buddies.

  • Orem Parent
    May 30, 2008 2:05 a.m.

    But we can't pay our teachers more!

    How could I afford my million dollar home, 4 cars (2 of which are SUV's), monthly vacations, and plastic surgery?

    That is all more important than educating the little ones isn't it?