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Published: Tuesday, Jan. 21 2014 5:41 p.m. MST

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Utah_1
Salt Lake City, UT

The majority of the state money goes to education. The majority of my property taxes goes to education. All of my income taxes goes to education. Education for spending purposes already is the state's priority. Do we really want to dramatically raise taxes?

To make a dent in some of the numbers like spending per student, you have to realize you would need more than $1000 per student increase. With 600,000 K-12 students, we are talking $600,000 million more just for Public Ed. Do you realize what kind of tax increase you are talking?

Why do you think the Utah legislature is open to try other options like targeting money for K-3 reading? Why do you think they are trying to get the Fed clammed public lands, since the Feds violated our enabling act with FLMPA?

kiddsport
Fairview, UT

I think Utah_1 meant $600 million but the point is valid. If you look across the landscape and compare expenditures per student and performance, at some point an inverse relationship exists. Washington, D.C. has the highest per-student expenditure and is among the lowest performing schools in the nation.
If Congress (Utah as well as US) really wants to help students prepare for success, they can do the most good by giving parents three things:
1) school choice,
2) school transparency and a voice in curriculum, and
3) economic freedom which provides more resources and time spent at home where education is anchored.
To accomplish these things, we must look beyond rhetoric and special interests and see the real data unfiltered by hidden agendas.

Fred44
Salt Lake City, Utah

kiddsport,

So you use Washington DC and say there is an inverse relationship between per pupil spending and high performing schools then what you are saying is that if Utah spent no money on education they would have the highest performing schools in the country. Instead of using Washington DC as a lame excuse to say that money doesn't matter,lets be honest and say there is not a direct one to one correlation between per pupil spending and high performing schools.

It is an inconvenient truth but money does matter, and as Utah continues to starve its public education system and we see the demographics of the typical Utah student change, we see our test scores drop. It shouldn't surprise anyone because we don't invest in our children's education in Utah, we try to do it on the cheap, which has worked in the past, but it won't work anymore.

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