Increase in public school funding helps Utah buy time to plan

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  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    March 13, 2013 5:33 p.m.

    Cottage Cheese, worf:

    I say let's pay teachers minimum wage and maybe administrators $10 an hour and see if this gets better results.

  • CottageCheese SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    March 12, 2013 12:57 p.m.

    If you look at historical graphs that compare the amount of spending on education and the testing results by year... there is absolutely NO correlation.

    Spending has never been greater, yet our test scores either stay the same or go down. I'm getting frustrated just thinking about it.

    Why is money or a new government program that will cost money the only solutions ever proposed or offered?

    Why? Because it shows that the politicians at least did "something."

    Don't even get me started on teachers unions... don't do it!

  • Instereo Eureka, UT
    March 12, 2013 11:33 a.m.

    "Worf", I see that you are from Mcallen, TX, so why are your concerned about Utah schools. Texas spends $1500 or more per student than Utah so it seems the waste in educational spending is in Texas. Utah already spends the least amount per student in the nation meaning it's the most efficient in its use of funds. Utah teachers are thankful for the investment, small as it is, because it allows them to at least keep up with inflation. I know teachers here care about their students and the money will be invested to improved education in Utah. I'm thankful the legislature did what they did. They know they have to invest in public education to improve Utah Schools to be world class.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    March 12, 2013 9:06 a.m.

    Hmm? Is it funding, or mis-management?

    How much funding is enough?

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    March 12, 2013 9:00 a.m.

    Utahans have believed in families and that education is the way for the children's future. Utah has had and still has a family friendly environment and public school and higher education has been a desire and will of the people who live here. Brigham Young, the political and religious leader for years espoused the need for skills, mentally and physically, as he moved to help develop the west from Mexico to Canada throughout the western states. The State of Utah has a tough balance to make every legislative session.

    Hopefully, by Thursday night, they will continue that move toward funding for education in light of the budgetary process and fiduciary responsibilities they have. Education was an emphasis for our grandparents as they moved to locations to make that possible, if needed. Working long hours to get money for tuition and books was in their minds, hearts, and souls. Going to Universities in other states to get a PhD and a degree beyond their local Utah Universities was almost a need for some fields of study. That meant sacrifices for the families. Sacrifice is still a part of many people, today. Subverting public education is not what we need.

  • HS Fan Salt Lake City, UT
    March 12, 2013 8:46 a.m.

    Time to stop rewarding those who are not paying their fair share. No more decuctions for families with more than 2 kids. If you want large families that's your choice but don't expect society to pay for it.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    March 11, 2013 9:28 p.m.

    Any increase in funding will lead to more spending, and schools will go back to being broke, and wanting more. No matter how much you have,--you always need more.

    With a management overhaul:

    * class sizes would decrease
    * teacher pay will increase
    * students will be better educated

    The road block is with politics.