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Published: Thursday, Jan. 9 2014 5:42 p.m. MST

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DN Subscriber 2
SLC, UT

It is nice to think that maybe a few million dollars here and a few million there, laundered through the education establishment bureaucrats and doled out to a few select teachers union members might make a big difference.

However, we already throw tons of money at education programs, and when was the last time you heard of ANY of them being evaluated as ineffective and terminated? This is the big problem with politicians trying to "fix" things. They never get rid of failing programs, only add more... all paid for by struggling taxpayers.

Making things better for "the poor, victims of intergenerational poverty, and failing students" is hard to argue against. But, we must insist that if a new program will fix these problems, then we need to get rid of some other programs that are not fixing everything they were supposed to. Take the money from them, not more from the taxpayers.

Besides, it is the individual and their family who are responsible for educational success. We provide schools and teachers already, and short of seizing poor-performing kids from their families, there is no real way to make them show up and learn.

Tekakaromatagi
Dammam, Saudi Arabia

@DN Subscriber 2:

If Nancy Pelosi, Nevada's Sen. and Sec. Sebelius showed up to help, I would be awfully sceptical that they would even read what they were proposing and that it would hurt a lot more than it helps.

However, I read an article a few months back about Ogden's Sen. Reid. He was involved in some study about intergenerational poverty. My opinion is that if something is going to be done to fight poverty that Ogden's Sen. Reid has the competence to do it.

One interesting fact is that Utah has one of the least expensive public university education in the nation. The Utah legislature has done a very liberal thing: made it easy for people to improve their lives through education. Now they are doing another liberal thing, making it easy for those trapped in the cycle of poverty to climb out by helping them do well in school.

Dang bleeding heart liberal Republicans!

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