Campus safety, massive IT upgrade and more $ for teachers key legislative asks for Utah public schools

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  • birder Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 26, 2019 3:07 p.m.

    I’ll believe it when I see it. The money gets siphoned off long before it gets to the classroom level. And even if it does trickle to the classroom, most goes to brand-new teachers to entice them not to quit in the first five years. Those who are experienced and stick it out in the classroom, a very tough job, get little or nothing.

  • kranny utah, UT
    Jan. 26, 2019 11:49 a.m.

    Throwing more money at a broken system won't fix it. Get the Feds out of public education. Get rid of most of the overpaid administration at all State levels. Reallocate education funds to the teachers, then we wouldn't have to keep giving petty raises to current teachers' salaries, plus dangling a puny carrot out there to entice new teachers to join the ranks. You can't get different outcomes by pursuing the same rutty paths.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Jan. 26, 2019 10:11 a.m.

    The certified teachers go to college and universities to learn skills and knowledge to be a teacher. Most men can’t afford to be a teacher as the salariy scale in Utah isn’t high enough to support a family, especially for elementary school teachers. Secondary schools offer after school potential for men to be coaches or other extracurricular programs as plays and music, etc.

    Some women may start as certified teachers but take a break to raise a family and then come back to teaching after spending time and money updating their certificates.

    Money is an issue in Utah where Legislators don’t always have respect for women in the workforce trying to help children succeed in life.

    It is great to have women in the Legislature but very few are there, especially the Republican side.

    We have great teachers in Utah and know how to teach effectively to our children and grandchildren.

  • Kings Court Alpine, UT
    Jan. 26, 2019 9:20 a.m.

    Water Rocket, a large part of the increase in actual dollars in the budget is due to inflation. When you factor actual purchase power of dollars into the equation, a whole different story emerges, especially in education and healthcare where expensive technology innovations have hammered budgets. Even old school things like textbooks have grown prohibitively expensive with some books costing over $150 each.

  • Confused Sandy, UT
    Jan. 26, 2019 8:53 a.m.

    The problem with this article is it is all fluff, no investigative information.

    Here are a few facts the citizens should know about USBE.
    1. Scott Jones Asst. Superintendent talked the Legislature into removing USBE from under DHRM rules... so he could remove the current IT management and bring in his buddies from Hill Field at a much higher pay rate.
    2. He convinced the previous board to give all the Superintendents and Asst. Superintendents a 35.00 dollar an hour raise. now they are all make around a 100.00/hr
    3. The IT systems structure is "outdated or broken" is because of poor management (upper) decision making. They would change their minds often, making the IT problematic.

    So before if I were the legislature, I would do a through audit of USBE and how the money is being used now.

  • dski HERRIMAN, UT
    Jan. 26, 2019 8:21 a.m.

    Here we go again! What makes education great? New posh facilities? Additional admin staffs? Schools are closed due to poor testing results. Is more money the only solution? We are spending more money on education every year and they are still asking for more. Increase teachers’ pay and pay the best qualified. Focus on life skills not popular trends. It is embarrassing that teachers’ union ask for more money when graduating students can’t fill out a job application. Why is it that high schools have a football stadium and not one student end up making football a career. Shouldn’t we put more money into science, engineering, and other endeavors that give students lifetime skills that will serve them and their families and communities? It is time to be courageous. Stop wasting money on things that will be meaningless to students after they leave high schools.

  • emb Pleasant Grove, UT
    Jan. 26, 2019 6:17 a.m.

    What we really want and need are educators just like the Spanish teacher at Lone Peak High who recently passed away. Teachers like this do more to prevent crime, drug use, gangs and homelessness than anyone can imagine because they help students succeed in school and in life. The rest is incidental.

  • tahnl Francis, UT
    Jan. 26, 2019 12:42 a.m.

    The top priority, put money in education; not in school-palaces, stadiums, aquatic centers, etc.

  • water rocket , 00
    Jan. 25, 2019 10:32 p.m.

    I lament the gullibility of the populace here in Utah. The state budget here in Utah already contributes a very large percent of the budget to education, but the teachers don't get that money. Furthermore, there is so much waste that it is absolutely amazing. Here are a couple facts: Administrators are paid VERY well, with enormous perks like paid European trips, yet they don't contribute to the education of the students. Second, the department of education keeps tearing down school buildings to build mega campus like schools that are even more impersonal. Third, the state budget has grown from one billion under Matheson (remember him?) to well over SIXTEEN billion today, all while the population has only doubled (and even that increase in population helps increase tax revenue). The bottom line is that money does NOT educate students, motivated and inspiring teachers do. Many teachers are simply not qualified, other than to have some level of knowledge for the subject (hopefully) they teach. How about we get a more inspiring leadership in education rather than professional lobbiests?

  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 25, 2019 9:05 p.m.

    Lifelong Republican - Orem, UT
    Jan. 25, 2019 8:26 p.m.
    I agree 100%. Nobody likes to pay taxes but it is seriously time for us to step up and make our education system the best in the nation.

    We can't do this when people keep having more kids than they can afford to educate and support, many parents are not involved in their child's education, and teachers classrooms are overflowing to the point they can't be effective teachers. Giving them more $ does not address these things. You can only tax people so much.

  • Lifelong Republican Orem, UT
    Jan. 25, 2019 8:26 p.m.

    I agree 100%. Nobody likes to pay taxes but it is seriously time for us to step up and make our education system the best in the nation. We already achieve above average results with the worst funding in the nation. Imagine what we could do with above average funding!

  • Orem Parent Orem, UT
    Jan. 25, 2019 8:28 p.m.

    Utah doesn't have a teachers union.