SLC school board approves property tax increase

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  • squirt Taylorsville, ut
    June 6, 2013 12:12 p.m.

    Here is the problem-Utah has NEVER adequately funded public education. Therefore, those who argue that all we want is more money do not recognize that we are touted as the most efficient state in the country in terms of education spending. The issue is that efficiency translates into a downward spiral of outcomes when you "starve the beast." That is exactly what has happened in Utah. It would be nice to adequately fund our schools because as the data bears witness to our Utah teachers are amazing and getting amazing results under the most difficult of situations. If there were more resources, outcomes would improve-like more course offerings for example.

    Teachers developed higher standards and a rigorous evaluation system with Senator Osmond. The UEA was integral in its development. The anti-union rhetoric is a hollow argument especially in Utah and speaks to a lack of knowledge. Time to come together.

  • tabuno Clearfield, UT
    June 5, 2013 11:38 p.m.

    Having represented the West Side of Salt Lake on the School Board, I am glad that the current School Board supported a tax increase that will help to maintain importance educational service for low-income students. The financial deficit faced by the school district really had its origins in the failure of the U.S. Congress to control health care costs, refocus its attention on maintaining crucial federal education spending while allowing lavish expenses on conferences and muffins and extravagant waste as well as subsidies that benefit rich agribusinesses and tax breaks for oil and gas companies. Utah's proclivity to continue having a high birthrate also contributes to the demands on educational services that everyone, even those without children have asked to pay for. If Utahns are going to have a lot a babies, then they also have the responsibility to pay for their education as well.

  • CB Salt Lake City, UT
    June 5, 2013 1:15 p.m.

    My father worked for a school district and this was 20 years ago. He was a genius in his area of service because he had learned by trial,error and effort. He often had disputes with those 'book learned', but experience poor. Very expensive bad decisions were made, money was spent needlessly,
    and as suggested above, much too overhead, administration top heavy and union/tenure causing the inability of getting rid of those teachers who so not measure up to the responsibilities needed in
    the class room. Throwing money at the schools is like investing in a failed business.
    Until the schools are put back under the control of the States/neighborhoods they will continue to
    whine for 'more money, more money', like a hypochondriac looking for a cure their behavior has created.

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    June 5, 2013 11:01 a.m.

    No amount of money will ever suffice for the educrats and unions.

    "...district officials say growing retirement costs requires almost all of the new state dollars" tells us one of the problems which the school board itself has created, complicit with the teachers unions.

    Of course, the poor Salt Lake resident does not get pay raises so the taxpayers has to cut their spending instead of the schools cutting back on frills.

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    June 5, 2013 10:53 a.m.

    There are issues that the school administrators just won't face and deal with.

    1. Lazy teachers that are worthless and need to be let go. (I'm not saying all teachers are this way, but, the ones that are need to go).
    2. Too much overhead. The administration over the school system consumes too much of the resources. Find a more efficient way-pass the work load to the schools themselves and let them handle the budgets etc. No reason to have a top heavy system.
    3. The solution I have been told for 30+ years is more money. Yet we still have the same problems. Maybe it's time to think outside of taxing more.

    I agree with JSB, if the parents are willing to take on the work load, then cut their taxes. Let the parents get "paid" to help educate their child. They can discipline the child, make sure the child is on task etc. Where a teacher isn't allowed to do anything except be a target and say politically correct things.

    Why not offer tax breaks to businesses to have professionals teach the kids?

  • JSB Sugar City, ID
    June 5, 2013 2:34 a.m.

    Salt Lake schools should encourage more home schooling by offering the parents a stipend of about half of what the schools get per student. A home schooling program supervised by the school district could save a lot of money while providing students with a better education than they can get in overcrowded classrooms.

  • ManInTheMiddle SANDY, UT
    June 5, 2013 12:05 a.m.

    So sad - you are wasting your kid's time in these awful schools. They should have doubled my property taxes so we could lower class size and so we could afford to fire the worst teachers and hire better replacements.