Public school technology plan has $200M price tag

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  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Feb. 15, 2014 3:35 p.m.

    $200 million just for a plan? I'd do it for half the price.

    We don't need more funding!

    Just better management of the existing funds would increase teacher pay, and lower the class count.


    New Jersey, and New York, pays $22,000 per student a year, and they're still wanting more funding. It's crazy!

  • metisophia Ogden, UT
    Feb. 15, 2014 12:54 p.m.

    Funny how Republicans have always been reluctant to fund education so that classes could be smaller or teachers could actually be paid well, but as soon as they figure out how to get some of that tax money for themselves via selling electronic gadgets/ testing software, they are all over spending that money. (Not to mention owning buildings to lease to charter schools or running charter school management corporations.)

  • EJM Herriman, UT
    Feb. 15, 2014 8:09 a.m.

    My only concern is this: anytime we talk this kind of money with certain individuals in our legislature who have had campaign contributors receive contracts for software that turned out to be ineffective then we all should be wary. Technology can never replace a quality teacher. If we as a state say we love and respect our teachers than yes, give us (I am a teacher) the tools to better do our jobs. I could care less about the salary side right now, and many teachers I talk to daily feel the same way. Our concerns are class size, student attendance, and parental involvement. Address those and you will have our attention.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    Feb. 15, 2014 1:34 a.m.

    Invest in people.

    Let's treat our teachers better and get our class size down. And more tutors and aides.

    This will help much more than throwing some gadgets at our children.

  • Orem Parent Orem, UT
    Feb. 14, 2014 8:45 p.m.

    I agree. This has nightmare written all over it. Broken gadgets with no money to repair them, Connection problems, stolen electronics, nightmare.

    Reduce our class sizes.

    Where is $200,000,000 going to come from? IF we have that kind of money sitting around, why are we denying our schools what they really need?

    So messed up.

  • Solutions not Stones Spanish Fork, UT
    Feb. 14, 2014 8:01 p.m.

    I would rather see this money used to reduce class sizes...not to buy electronic toys that the kids already play on at home. That is of course, if the money has to be spent at all.