Resources are there to fix the problem, superintendent says
@Red - Yes we all make mistakes from time to time, even me, but if a mistake
this size had gone on up through the company, everyone in the branch would have
been fired.What also concerns me, at least as reported, some seem to
think this is a minor matter. That is the entire profit for some businesses. If
they can "find" that much money to take care of the problem indicates
their budget was not too "tight" when I had been hearing that things had
been cut to the bare bones and any less would seriously impact the education of
the students.A personal observation might include agencies that buy
4x4's when really 4x2's would do the job excep on a few occassions. Do
you have a "nice" pen on your desk because it feels good or you like the
way it writes when a less expensive pen will still do the job of putting the
information down on the paper. Is a 20" computer screen really needed to do
the job or would a smaller one also do the job. Government shows some examples
of poor budgeting and purchasing the proper valued items!
A well run state? When dealing with millions, there should be double and triple
checks. Add this to medicaid and we are seeing a lack of leadership. If a
business made this many mistakes, they would be out of business.
Maybe they had the same financial person as the Department of Alcohol Beverage
Control had with their precise control of the budget. What seems odd to me is
that the Office of Education can come up with $25,000,000 to take care of that
small error. Education is important and that kind of error impacts on children,
teachers, administrators and the parents who pay taxes. The office of education
tries to downplay that number by saying it is a small error. $25,000,000 is not
a small error, to me. With property taxes impacted and state budgets impacted
by the recession and 76,000 Utahns still out of work not putting in the taxes
the state thought, that is not a small amount or impact. I guess compared to
Governor Herbert's $86,000 donation from the I-15 Core project he received
fromt he contractor for their $1.3 billion they got, that is a small amount.
People make make mistakes but the Legislative and executive process, Audit and
State Auditor should be checking. How many other small "mistakes" are
happening? Howard Stephenson is always hunting for teacher mistakes but should
be minding the store.
I agree with DHB. People make mistakes, especially when you consider the
pressure and understaffing at the state office of education. This certainly
wasn't worth having two officials hand in their resignations. Indeed,
where is the rest of the story about this?
If this falls within the normal statistical margin of error in making school
funding calculations, as indicated in the article, why are two of our senior
officials being forced to resign? Obviously, $25M is nothing to sneeze at, but
something doesn't feel quite right. Is there a 'rest of the
story', or are our legislators and members of the school board just
desperate to find a scapegoat for their flawed oversight?
Everyone makes mistakes. It is too bad this one cost them their jobs.
Guess they forgot the carry the one... or the 25 million. And these are
educators. No wonder our public math skills are slipping.
Good grief! A "miscalculation"? Just a few too many over the last
years for me!Utah's boastful pride in our education is
laughable. I am 100% for public education, but I'm not convinced the
Legislature actually is.Can't help but wonder if the
"conspiracy theory" that those who supported vouchers had anything to do
with the error.Exactly where and how will the "shortfall" be
corrected? By cutting into the newest Education budget? Human Services? You just gotta know it's not coming from favorites...such as
wasting tax-payer money on "message" legislation! Utah
elected officials: Watch out. 2012 elections are not that far off!
It's a bit ironic to see such an event. Schools teach about math, checking
answers, etc... It seems a bit funny, but it isn't a laughing matter. There
needs to be a way to come up with this money.
$25 million here, $25 million there....no big deal. The Davis District will
just raise property taxes again to cover what the bos at the state missed in
their calculation as it affects Davis County schools. If it's really not
big deal, why did two people resign? And this is a funny thing to
have happen, along with the thousands of persons whose identities have been
compromised by the State Health Dept, isn't it? But not to worry.....Gov
Herbert says life is better than it was before he got into the Governor's
@Ernest T. BassThe people making less than 20K don't pay any taxes.
I agree. Raise their taxes to the same percentage I pay.
Get it from those making less than $20,000 a year. Increase their taxes.
Simple, give 25 Million more to the state education system and take it from all
the other things we waste money on. They found money to give to a failing soccer
team that Utahns obviously didn't want to pay for on their own- I
don't see why education is any less important.
Better go through that Excel tutorial again.