I guess the high number of children and low number of tax payer theory for being
51st in the nation in education spending just went out the window. Lets face
it, funding education becomes a lower priority for Utahn's and their politicians
regardless of the noise they make. This is especially problematic as we
continue to add over 19,000 new students to the system each year. I wonder how
many other states have decreased their funding for education, especially those
states with a growing student population?
I am really amazed at how the legislature's decision to interpret the state
constitution to include higher education into the funding, never gets any
mention.The legislature did this illegally and it totally
shortchanges our kids and their schools.Where is the story?
'Orem Parent' is right about higher education, the state constitution does
stipulate the education cost to tax payers is for K1-K12 grades, excluding
higher education, colleges, as a private industry not eligible for tax funds.
What changed this is the federal government demanding that tax
payers must add funds to promised pork earmark for education. This earmark
funding cost the taxpayers and the schools an education and taxpayers a more
costly education for their children. Of course in Utah these earmarks do not go
to education, they go to the state budget for UDOT, TRAX, UTA, the state health
care hoax, and welfare for illegal foreign nationals. In state per
pupil spending it is always calculated to include higher education that is not
eligible for tax funds yet they are costing us billions of dollars to fund.
Higher education, colleges, in Utah is under full control of highly paid Board
of Regents who are independent and privately owned schools. If Utah
would obey its constitution and education laws they could cut the education
budget in half or more. Violating our constitution is costing the tax payers and
state billions of dollars.