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Published: Thursday, June 30 2011 4:29 p.m. MDT

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Fred44
Salt Lake City, Utah

I guess the high number of children and low number of tax payer theory for being 51st in the nation in education spending just went out the window. Lets face it, funding education becomes a lower priority for Utahn's and their politicians regardless of the noise they make. This is especially problematic as we continue to add over 19,000 new students to the system each year. I wonder how many other states have decreased their funding for education, especially those states with a growing student population?

Orem Parent
Orem, UT

I am really amazed at how the legislature's decision to interpret the state constitution to include higher education into the funding, never gets any mention.

The legislature did this illegally and it totally shortchanges our kids and their schools.

Where is the story?

My2Cents
Kearns, UT

'Orem Parent' is right about higher education, the state constitution does stipulate the education cost to tax payers is for K1-K12 grades, excluding higher education, colleges, as a private industry not eligible for tax funds.

What changed this is the federal government demanding that tax payers must add funds to promised pork earmark for education. This earmark funding cost the taxpayers and the schools an education and taxpayers a more costly education for their children. Of course in Utah these earmarks do not go to education, they go to the state budget for UDOT, TRAX, UTA, the state health care hoax, and welfare for illegal foreign nationals.

In state per pupil spending it is always calculated to include higher education that is not eligible for tax funds yet they are costing us billions of dollars to fund. Higher education, colleges, in Utah is under full control of highly paid Board of Regents who are independent and privately owned schools.

If Utah would obey its constitution and education laws they could cut the education budget in half or more. Violating our constitution is costing the tax payers and state billions of dollars.

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