Education key to Utah's economic prosperity, Gov. Gary Herbert says

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  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    Feb. 3, 2013 10:14 a.m.

    It isn't the fact that Utah is last in educational spending, it's the fact that we are last by a large measure which is disconcerting. If we were near dead last, that would be a step in the direction, let alone being 48th or something--that would either take a real commitment or an act of God.

  • Shaun Sandy, UT
    Jan. 31, 2013 7:36 p.m.

    Why move the prison? So the Utah taxpayer can subsidize private developers so they can maximize their profits. If Obama does this it is called socialism or interfering with the free markets. When republicans do it, it is apparently more than okay.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Jan. 31, 2013 12:10 p.m.

    To "OCoug" we don't have to spend more on education. We need to cut the fat that has built up in the education system.

    Just look at any school district and how many people they have that do nothing directly for the eduction of your children.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Jan. 31, 2013 7:56 a.m.

    Past governors have done a good job at rhetoric, lip service, but the Legislature even unties any good comments the Governor puts forward. The Legislature controls the dollars and program effectiveness and with their pushing of Charter and Private schools have been a detriment for public education. The Governors haven't really stated they are for public education, only education in a broad term. They have stymied the UEA, etc. in pushing for public education by pushing for schools that don't have UEA's influence. There is a good reason to have the UEA and the Democratic party in Utah to give balance for what the Republican party pushes for education such as the Eagle Forum and the Tea-Party branches of the Republican party.

    Certain Legislators have been pushing those organization's types of efforts for years.

    The Republican cabinet member in the President's cabinet pushed some good infrastructure projects and Utah benefitted from those with dollars that some states didn't have a plan to take advantage of. The Department of Education with Secretary Duncan from Chicago doesn't want good education and hence no dollars for planning.

    Utah has great education, students-teachers.

  • Kings Court Alpine, UT
    Jan. 30, 2013 10:43 p.m.

    We hear the same rhetoric every year and then what happens? We get about 120+ anti-public education bills every year (that the governor signs) that serves the sole purpose of sabotaging the education system. The teachers run around like chickens with their head cut off, trying to implement the ever-changing edicts of the state government that lack a vision and common sense. This speech is just more blah, blah, blah, yada, yada, yada.

  • satch Highland, UT
    Jan. 30, 2013 9:27 p.m.

    I don't believe it for one minute.

    The GOP has done the talk for the past 30 years, but not much in the walk. Just words.

  • Darrel Eagle Mountain, UT
    Jan. 30, 2013 9:16 p.m.

    The Democratic response was on point

    "We have a 10 year plan for our roads, but not for our education"

  • OCoug Ogden, UT
    Jan. 30, 2013 8:54 p.m.

    The Governor and the state legislature need to put the money where their mouths are. Lets see some improvement in class size and teacher training. Right now, the states' educational system is at a crossroads, we'll see how important education really is to the Governor and our legislators in the next month and a half.