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Published: Wednesday, March 12 2014 1:07 p.m. MDT

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Winglish
Lehi, UT

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!

RWSmith6
Providence, UT

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.

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