Nice going, elected officials. Something is always better than nothing, but the
lesson from annualized, budget-to-budget funding of public education is that
planning AHEAD is a much better way to go. In Utah, we know population will
double within the next 35 years, requiring planning for public education and
appropriate funding of it should begin now. A dedicated, annually
reliable, adequate source of funding is, if we're to learn from the lessons
given us by PISA-successful nations, a necessity. Relying on economic
development is not the solution. We've been doing that for years and
barely keep up with new incoming students, let alone with supporting,
compensating, and respecting teachers as they should be if we're to train,
recruit, and retain the very best teachers for our classrooms.
I hope any legislator reading this comment will feel my warm thanks for the
support of public education. New students were not funded throughout the
recession and class sizes have swelled. We are not yet back to pre-recession
levels of funding, but the increase this year is sincerely appreciated and duly
noted. Thank you so much!