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.
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.
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.
The $$$ never makes it to the class room!
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.
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
IMO.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.
And yet we have no problem finding $50 million for UTA's name change.
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.