It isn't the fact that Utah is last in educational spending, it's the
fact that we are last by a large measure which is disconcerting. If we were
near dead last, that would be a step in the direction, let alone being 48th or
something--that would either take a real commitment or an act of God.
Why move the prison? So the Utah taxpayer can subsidize private developers so
they can maximize their profits. If Obama does this it is called socialism or
interfering with the free markets. When republicans do it, it is apparently more
To "OCoug" we don't have to spend more on education. We need to
cut the fat that has built up in the education system.Just look at
any school district and how many people they have that do nothing directly for
the eduction of your children.
Past governors have done a good job at rhetoric, lip service, but the
Legislature even unties any good comments the Governor puts forward. The
Legislature controls the dollars and program effectiveness and with their
pushing of Charter and Private schools have been a detriment for public
education. The Governors haven't really stated they are for public
education, only education in a broad term. They have stymied the UEA, etc. in
pushing for public education by pushing for schools that don't have
UEA's influence. There is a good reason to have the UEA and the Democratic
party in Utah to give balance for what the Republican party pushes for education
such as the Eagle Forum and the Tea-Party branches of the Republican party.Certain Legislators have been pushing those organization's types of
efforts for years. The Republican cabinet member in the
President's cabinet pushed some good infrastructure projects and Utah
benefitted from those with dollars that some states didn't have a plan to
take advantage of. The Department of Education with Secretary Duncan from
Chicago doesn't want good education and hence no dollars for planning. Utah has great education, students-teachers.
We hear the same rhetoric every year and then what happens? We get about 120+
anti-public education bills every year (that the governor signs) that serves the
sole purpose of sabotaging the education system. The teachers run around like
chickens with their head cut off, trying to implement the ever-changing edicts
of the state government that lack a vision and common sense. This speech is
just more blah, blah, blah, yada, yada, yada.
I don't believe it for one minute. The GOP has done the talk
for the past 30 years, but not much in the walk. Just words.
The Democratic response was on point"We have a 10 year plan for
our roads, but not for our education"
The Governor and the state legislature need to put the money where their mouths
are. Lets see some improvement in class size and teacher training. Right now,
the states' educational system is at a crossroads, we'll see how
important education really is to the Governor and our legislators in the next
month and a half.