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Published: Wednesday, Oct. 9 2013 7:06 p.m. MDT

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davidmpark
Salt Lake City, UT

Here's my problem with this summit. They're calling for 66% graduation rate (which is low in my opinion), but we have a state where 70%+ of it's resources are locked up. The education summit should've been step K; a while after step A: get possession of Utah's land and resources under state management is accomplished. Step B: loosen the draconian regulations we have here. Step C: across the board flat tax. Step D: auction off the resources to locally owned and operated companies. And so on.

The summit's a nice gesture, but without raw materials, liberated people, and local companies in place producing and making the demand for jobs, then there really is no point to promoting educating people if it results in skills and talents moving elsewhere.

Progressives just don't think these things through.

RWSmith6
Providence, UT

The "summit" was not a news event. It was a staged PR occasion covered live, as though a news event, by television stations and news reporters. They were duped.

Where, during the 45 minutes, did we hear that the state of Utah is finally working successfully to solve the base problem in public education--too many kids, too little money? Where did the governor or other participants reveal that long-term planning is at last in the mill, a dedicated and reliable source of revenue for much more than just growth actually on the horizon? They didn't because there's nothing in the mill, nothing on the horizon. We are at the "bottom of the bottom" nationally in per-pupil funding, worse than that internationally, and we're yet again going to make do.

What about STEM and 66% by 2020? They're short-term fixes, underfunded and overblown for what ails public education in Utah: too many kids, too little money. Fixing that problem will take better effort than putting on a staged event.

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