Here is the problem-Utah has NEVER adequately funded public education.
Therefore, those who argue that all we want is more money do not recognize that
we are touted as the most efficient state in the country in terms of education
spending. The issue is that efficiency translates into a downward spiral of
outcomes when you "starve the beast." That is exactly what has happened
in Utah. It would be nice to adequately fund our schools because as the data
bears witness to our Utah teachers are amazing and getting amazing results under
the most difficult of situations. If there were more resources, outcomes would
improve-like more course offerings for example.Teachers developed
higher standards and a rigorous evaluation system with Senator Osmond. The UEA
was integral in its development. The anti-union rhetoric is a hollow argument
especially in Utah and speaks to a lack of knowledge. Time to come together.
Having represented the West Side of Salt Lake on the School Board, I am glad
that the current School Board supported a tax increase that will help to
maintain importance educational service for low-income students. The financial
deficit faced by the school district really had its origins in the failure of
the U.S. Congress to control health care costs, refocus its attention on
maintaining crucial federal education spending while allowing lavish expenses on
conferences and muffins and extravagant waste as well as subsidies that benefit
rich agribusinesses and tax breaks for oil and gas companies. Utah's
proclivity to continue having a high birthrate also contributes to the demands
on educational services that everyone, even those without children have asked to
pay for. If Utahns are going to have a lot a babies, then they also have the
responsibility to pay for their education as well.
My father worked for a school district and this was 20 years ago. He was a
genius in his area of service because he had learned by trial,error and effort.
He often had disputes with those 'book learned', but experience poor.
Very expensive bad decisions were made, money was spent needlessly, and as
suggested above, much too overhead, administration top heavy and union/tenure
causing the inability of getting rid of those teachers who so not measure up to
the responsibilities needed in the class room. Throwing money at the
schools is like investing in a failed business.Until the schools are put
back under the control of the States/neighborhoods they will continue to whine for 'more money, more money', like a hypochondriac looking for
a cure their behavior has created.
No amount of money will ever suffice for the educrats and unions."...district officials say growing retirement costs requires almost all of
the new state dollars" tells us one of the problems which the school board
itself has created, complicit with the teachers unions.Of course,
the poor Salt Lake resident does not get pay raises so the taxpayers has to cut
their spending instead of the schools cutting back on frills.
There are issues that the school administrators just won't face and deal
with.1. Lazy teachers that are worthless and need to be let go.
(I'm not saying all teachers are this way, but, the ones that are need to
go).2. Too much overhead. The administration over the school system
consumes too much of the resources. Find a more efficient way-pass the work load
to the schools themselves and let them handle the budgets etc. No reason to have
a top heavy system.3. The solution I have been told for 30+ years is more
money. Yet we still have the same problems. Maybe it's time to think
outside of taxing more.I agree with JSB, if the parents are willing
to take on the work load, then cut their taxes. Let the parents get
"paid" to help educate their child. They can discipline the child, make
sure the child is on task etc. Where a teacher isn't allowed to do anything
except be a target and say politically correct things.Why not offer
tax breaks to businesses to have professionals teach the kids?
Salt Lake schools should encourage more home schooling by offering the parents a
stipend of about half of what the schools get per student. A home schooling
program supervised by the school district could save a lot of money while
providing students with a better education than they can get in overcrowded
So sad - you are wasting your kid's time in these awful schools. They
should have doubled my property taxes so we could lower class size and so we
could afford to fire the worst teachers and hire better replacements.