In our opinion: Utah voters need some answers before voting to increase school funding

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  • WallE Walla Walla, WA
    March 11, 2018 9:41 a.m.

    I attended public school in Utah and other states.

    It is a paradox that Utah culture has encouraged large families, but that same culture doesn't want to pay to educate those kids. The common Utah theme is to stick more kids in the class room with the same nominal funding.

    In spite of the funding challenges, Utah public schools were "pretty good". It's sad that the culture either accepts "pretty good" as good enough or burrows down into divesting into "home schools" without thinking of the broad future society. Human capital and citizen investment should be part of the discussion.

  • Invisible Hand Provo, UT
    March 8, 2018 11:28 a.m.

    I will vote for more education funding when the money follows the student. If the money has reform strings attached maybe the teachers union will compromise and agree to needed changes.

  • squirt Taylorsville, ut
    March 8, 2018 7:55 a.m.

    No surprise here. Think the headline should read, "Voters need some answers before expanding charter schools."
    DN your anti-public education/pro charter school bias is getting a bit old.

  • ConradGurch Salt Lake City, Utah
    March 7, 2018 4:30 p.m.

    The $$$ never makes it to the class room!

  • MacMama Sandy, UT
    March 7, 2018 3:25 p.m.

    I am very pro education. I have family members who are teachers and I am in the classroom frequently myself.
    However I am also opposed to raising the gas tax to fund it. The. They’ll find another excuse to raise the gas tax (which they just did) to pay for roads. Then it will be another pet project and then another; and pretty soon it will cost $100 to fill the tank just as it did for me in Europe last fall.

  • The Real Maverick Spanish Fork, UT
    March 7, 2018 12:43 p.m.

    If only the Dnews gave this much attention to prison relocations, handouts to UDOT, and lawsuits targeting Bears Ears. Why the double standard?

    Look, the anti-public edu people are background noise. They're the (loud) minority. It's time to take our public schools back from the loud and obnoxious minority. Teachers need to be paid and class sizes need to be lowered. Give districts the money. They know how to best use it. Give the legislature the money and the party of Trump will figure out a way to blow it on something useless.

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 7, 2018 10:35 a.m.


    Every law, regulation, rule, program or whatever, imposed upon us by government, is in some way profitable for the people elected to govern.

    Public school finances benefit the level of government who controls their financial needs. Local control of school finance simply means which level of business that will make the profit.

    Despite the propaganda of local businessmen, public education should be controlled by the widest set of knowledge like health care, business rules, and all other American freedoms promised by the American Constitution.

    March 7, 2018 9:29 a.m.

    And yet we have no problem finding $50 million for UTA's name change.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    March 7, 2018 9:26 a.m.

    People will vote for increased school funding if it addresses primarily 2 issues. Teacher pay and more teachers to reduce class size. Everything else is secondary. Nobody trusts the Legislature with a blank check, especially regarding education. They'll find a way to funnel that money into charter schools or their vendor buddies to waste on "technology" or software. Teacher pay and more teachers. Or no more money.