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Published: Monday, Dec. 17 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

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The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

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?

Midvaliean
MIDVALE, UT

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.

RedShirt
USS Enterprise, UT

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.

JoeCapitalist2
Orem, UT

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?

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