Teachers work 180 days a year while most other people with really stressful jobs
work about 250 days a year (unless you are in Congress). Teachers have great
benefits as well. Their pay is reasonable for being in Utah. Many professions do
not pay well in Utah. I think it is more teaching has become a
thankless job with too much bureaucracy, too many unsupportive parents, too many
kids nowadays with too many problems, and too large of classrooms. Until you address those things the teacher turnover rate will continue. Even
if you have a lot of kids with problems having a small classroom where you can
get to all of them and help them makes all the difference in the world. But,
Utah parents do not want to hear about having less kids or paying a head tax so
that problem will likely never to solved.
Watch what they do.... We passed a tax increase about 10 years ago for higher
education.so they just took less from the general fund. No actual increase they
just shuffled the money. It is a big game. This money goes into general fund
also. Now that the corporations get even more money. Plus incentives to stay.
It has to be made up some way. What happened to reducing food tax?Something
that would have been an even tax relief. But they like the corporations
which just got a huge federal tax cut. Increase in wages? Nope but sales taxes
are going up and now gas too.
A 33% increase in the gas tax??? Wish my Social security went up that much.
But they tell me there is no inflation.????
I am really opposed to the gas tax being used to fund education. The gas tax
should be used exclusively to fund roads and repair. This is a slippery slope-
next they’ll come back and complain that they aren’t collecting
enough from the gas tax for road repair so they have to raise it again (because
they just did this and claimed we’d never notice). Then what is to keep
them from adding more to the gas tax to fund . I don’t want us to go down
the same road as California with sky high gas taxes- or like Europe. I was in
Norway last year- it cost me $100 to fill the tank of my small rental car due to
taxes.If we get to vote on this- much as I am a supporter of education and
paying teachers more- I will vote no on this.
As far as I can tell, the politicians didn't cause me significant damage. .
. time will tell. If only there were a 'sunset clause' on the state
vegetable, state dinosaur, state bird, et cetera, we could occupy their time so
they didn't hurt us at all.
Really wow,I just became an administrator after teaching for more
than 20 years. My per hour pay rate actually went down $1/hr. Yes it
decreased. Do I earn more money now? Yes because I work 60 more
days each year.Which is harder? By far being an administrator has
been much tougher. Nothing but problems from the minute I get to work until the
minute I leave.Why do it? With retirement based on highest salary,
I have to do it for my family.
I moved from California to Utah. This sounds like California all over again,
just 10-years behind. Add an increase here, another increase there and it goes
on and on and on. Then the State decides that since there is an additional gas
tax for education, they divert other dollars that used to go to education to
something else. The end result is no additional money ends up in education, its
just collected from us in another way.
Will this "boost" go to the students or teachers?Because the
teachers do just fine. My wife is a teacher and my son is a teacher and they
both feel they earn a very fair wage for their services. Take a teacher's
salary and multiply it by 1.333 to get a more accurate wage because they
don't work full time. 180 days a year is not a full time job. Utah ranks 2nd in the west in teacher salary and 25th nationally but to listen
to the UEA you would think Utah was 50th. So if the extra money is going to
student spending I am fine with a tax increase. If it is going to teacher
salaries I am not.
It is too bad that it takes citizen initiatives to get the state legislature to
get serious about issues such as education (Our Schools Now) or the correct
direction of selecting candidates (Count My Vote) which led to compromise HB54.
REALLY-WOW - SLC, UTYour comment is absurd from my viewpoint. I have
no intention of going out and being a teacher for any amount of time for any
pay. With the false sexual assault accusation being the popular thing now days,
only a fool would be a teacher. And I, for one, am sick & tired of paying to
educate your kids. Why can't you pay for your own kids education? I agree
that education is very important, but I am just fine with paying for my kids
education while you pay for yours!
I have a fixed income and must budget my money. I have to live within my means.
Why can't government do the same?
Grateful for politicians who saw the light and helped solve a crisis in Itah:
teacher shortage. I really enjoyed the hearty debates in the House
on education this session and hope to fund local roads and replace general funds
back into schools instead of roads this election.
I'm a bit confused--if the vote on the 10 cent gas increase fails in the
fall, what happens? Seems like it's a bit premature to call this a funding
win for education.
Any one who complains about more funding for education needs to rethink that
thought process... Do these people not understand what makes the world go
round???? The foundation of every job in the world is based off of education,
and learning. These people need to go teach for one year and get paid what
teacher get paid and their opinion would change drastically about more funding
for education. (Now, are administrators overpaid...YES, teachers..NO)
Politicians’ thirst for more taxes will never be quenched. For every
gallon of gas we put into our vehicles, the state will now ding us 40 cents?
This is in addition to their proposed future road tolls on state highways? So,
what does per student expense has to do with a student’s ability to learn?
Our state have been blamed for being at the near bottom of the barrel, as far as
per pupil spending, yet our schools are producing better than most states who
fall into this propaganda. As one of those with fixed income, it seems the state
is telling us to move elsewhere. I think I’m getting the message,
“We are no longer welcome here”.
Education needs to now be quiet. If that is not enough $ and enough of the state
budget than start pushing for a head tax to discourage people from 36,000 new
students each year to fund. Or, take to GM who was helping to push for more
education $. She is a billionaire and will now get a nice corporate state tax
cut on top of the big federal corporate tax cut she got. How much are we going
to keep cutting corporate taxes and putting that on the regular every day