Suddenly, cost-cutting states turn friendly to teachers

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  • eagle Provo, UT
    March 30, 2019 1:07 a.m.

    Yes, teachers across America are fed up. I think the #metoo movement has a lot to do with this. It has emboldened females generally and females make up a vast majority of teachers. They are fed up by generally being victimized by the system. They have also figured out that at some level they provide a baby sitter/day care service for millions of parents and without this service parents are at a loss of what to do with their own children. But yes, teachers in many Red States across America are fed up.

    Cbasiefan: You may be right, Utah teachers might not ever strike and continue to take it and until then the schools and teacher shortages to reach crisis level. That certainly is the gamble of the Utah legislature. They continually gamble that teachers will keep on taking it. But if teachers don't take a stand, the conditions they have will get worse and their students will suffer with overcrowded conditions and continual teacher turnover, However, Utah voters and teachers themselves are becoming more diverse, less conservative and perhaps there will be a breaking point even here in extremely conservative Utah. Human beings can only take so much.

  • cbasiefan Woods Cross, UT
    March 24, 2019 7:30 p.m.

    I think Utah is heading for a more dangerous situation. Teachers here won't strike because they won't. Utah will continue to vote Republican because it does. So, they don't feel like their positions are in jeopardy which means they continue to push the same Republican mantra of tax cuts despite the financial needs of education. Instead, the teaching shortage will continue to get worse and worse until it becomes a complete crisis. The legislature thinks they solved the problem with the APT license passed in 2016. There may be a few who become teachers and there will be even fewer who survive their first few years of teaching. However, it's not going to be enough to cover the current teacher turnover and the current number of retiring teachers.

  • Lifelong Republican Orem, UT
    March 24, 2019 3:29 p.m.

    This is a long time coming. I wish our Utah legislature would realize this and lead out in supporting public education. The voters continue to say they want to see better pay for teachers. Any legislator that holds on to supporting public ed as their platform would be a shoe in for re-election for many years to come.

  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    March 24, 2019 1:10 p.m.

    It isn't just teachers that need affordable housing and health care. All Americans need this. There are many in other fields critical to our society like teachers who struggle as well.

    Every city, state, and our country as a whole should be working on affordability and quality of life over accumulation of wealth and materialism. The wealthiest 1% of American households own 40% of our country's wealth. Long-term you can't have a healthy economy or a strong sense of well-being in our country with these odds. It is statistically impossible.

  • Zzzptm Dallas, TX
    March 24, 2019 1:04 p.m.

    It's not just the raise the teachers want to see - it's also an elimination of insane state-mandated testing that does nothing but fuel a market for test writers and testing consultants. These tests do nothing but drag education into the mud and suffocate it there.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    March 24, 2019 10:39 a.m.

    How benevolent. Notice no GOP politician justifies the raises for the good of the kids or public education overall. It's because they are losing elections. They still don't value public education-just their jobs.

  • WallE Walla Walla, WA
    March 23, 2019 11:36 p.m.

    Families and teachers make America Great!

    Ironically Rick Perry, former Governor of Texas and current Secretary of Energy said as a GOP primary candidate that he wanted to eliminate the Departments of Commerce, Energy and Education. The current Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos never attended public schools and promotes private schools.

    Hopefully the GOPs recent support for teachers is about investing in American kids!

  • dogbreath Francis, UT
    March 23, 2019 7:29 p.m.

    I wonder what Utah is going to offer teachers when they have had enough of it. Say $12,000.00+ more.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    March 23, 2019 5:41 p.m.

    Suddenly, teachers have had enough.