Gov. Gary Herbert wants more dollars for schools in $11.9 billion budget

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  • Orem Parent Orem, UT
    Dec. 11, 2010 10:21 p.m.

    This will actually be a DECREASE in per pupil spending.

    This isn't even going to cover the increase in the number of students so we will be falling even further behind.

  • first2third Elmo, UT
    Dec. 11, 2010 9:44 p.m.

    Early intervention is a key to helping students whose parents are not going to be as involved in their education as others.

    Utah Parents have a tendency (NOT all of them but some), to look at education only through their own eyes. Be Christ like. Not every child is going to have parents that read to them, teach them study habits, and encourage them in their education.

    As a moderate republican (oxymoron in Utah), government does have a place. Not as big of place as the national government thinks, but a place.

    State government helping kids through funding early intervention programs like full day kindergarten, FOR THOSE PARENTS WHO CHOOSE IT, is a good investment in the future of our state.
    It will save us money down the road. It will help children who, without judging their parents circumstances, need a helping hand. Education is the best, most productive investment we can make for our future.
    Governor Herbert recognizes this and I salute him for it!

  • cvguy Lehi, Utah
    Dec. 11, 2010 9:17 a.m.

    "Enough is enough" and "the feeding frenzy of education", what are you talking about? We already spend less per student than any other state, how is that a enough, or a feeding frenzy. I agree that illegal aliens are a financial drain on our state and overall improvement in income would benefit education, but to say Utah already funds education at a sufficient level is ridiculous.

  • Fred44 Grantsville, Utah
    Dec. 11, 2010 8:24 a.m.

    How is providing 6 million less than the cost of growth a "win" for education. That means that the money available per student next year will be less than this year, helping the state who spends the least per student take the bottom down even further. Not sure why the governor is all smiles.

  • John C. C. Payson, UT
    Dec. 11, 2010 7:48 a.m.

    This hardly qualifies as more dollars unless the funding per student has increased and/or the total proportion of the state budget devoted to education has increased.

    His preference for mission-based funding is OK, as long as the liberal arts and the traditional general education requirements in college remain a priority mission in the minds of our legislators. This kind of higher education is necessary to provide us with informed parents and voters. It's not just about job training. In fact, a general education may be a better preparation than learning one specific skill which then becomes obsolete.

    I oppose this push for full-day kindergarten. The trend is to make kindergarten the new first grade, which is unfair to the many children who not yet ready. They need more general knowledge about the world. As a new study shows, Together, attention, fine motor skills, and general knowledge are much stronger overall predictors of later math, reading, and science scores than early math and reading scores alone (ERIC document EJ897217).

    In other words, we dont need to push kindergartners into specific reading and math skills yet.

    Or is this about free day care?

  • My2Cents Kearns, UT
    Dec. 11, 2010 4:48 a.m.

    They have enough and enough is enough. Greed is a taxpayers nightmare and its time this state learns to say NO. The feeding frenzy of education and illegal aliens has gone on long enough.

    If the Governor wants some magic money how about some honest money for a change by raising the working people of Utah's income levels. The state has lost billions of dollars to corporate and business greed through loses in income levels and with business prosperity getting bigger, how about spreading some of that wealth with the rest of the state in pay raises.

    Higher pay means higher incomes and higher income taxes, a win win for the state and education and UDOT and UTA.

    BTW, the UEA, the NEA, PTA, and the BOE (board of eduction) are not our elected representatives nor are they hired to report on the needs and decide the budget of any government entity, including education. Our legislators are the only authorized budget makers and they will get what they are fed and live with in that allotment.