RedShirt - Stop making sense. Don't you know the only answer to any problem
is to just throw more money at it? The more something is failing, the more money
you need to throw at it.Utah is currently the lowest per-pupil
spending state in the union, spending just a bit over $7000 per student. That
works out to about $200,000 per classroom for 9 months of education per year.
Don't you know we need to get it up to $300,000 or $400,000 per classroom
in order for those kids to have a chance at a decent education?
To "The Real Maverick" we won't increase funding to education
because there is no link between funding and education results. For example
Washington DC spends double what Utah spends per pupil, yet their test scores
are worse than Utah's.Another example is this. If you look at
an inflation adjusted graph of spending per pupil and test scores, you find that
over the past 30 years Utah has doubled its spending per pupil and test scores
have remained nearly the same. Historically spending more has not been
effective, maybe something else could be tried.
The culture of utah is largely homogenous, not only with religion, but our
culture in general. This is the main reason we continue to do well. It would
be wise to see what has worked and has not worked in states like California, as
we will diversify over the next few decades and face the same problems.
So then lets actually invest into education. Why are we STILL dead last in
per-pupil funding if our economy is so good? How long do we expect this to last
for if we aren't educating our children?