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Calculation error leaves schools short by $25 million

Resources are there to fix the problem, superintendent says

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  • MR Draper, UT
    April 11, 2012 2:50 p.m.

    Better go through that Excel tutorial again.

  • A voice of Reason Salt Lake City, UT
    April 11, 2012 4:42 p.m.

    Simple, give 25 Million more to the state education system and take it from all the other things we waste money on. They found money to give to a failing soccer team that Utahns obviously didn't want to pay for on their own- I don't see why education is any less important.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    April 11, 2012 5:01 p.m.

    Get it from those making less than $20,000 a year. Increase their taxes.

  • md Cache, UT
    April 11, 2012 9:12 p.m.

    @Ernest T. Bass
    The people making less than 20K don't pay any taxes. I agree. Raise their taxes to the same percentage I pay.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    April 11, 2012 11:05 p.m.

    $25 million here, $25 million there....no big deal. The Davis District will just raise property taxes again to cover what the bos at the state missed in their calculation as it affects Davis County schools. If it's really not big deal, why did two people resign?

    And this is a funny thing to have happen, along with the thousands of persons whose identities have been compromised by the State Health Dept, isn't it? But not to worry.....Gov Herbert says life is better than it was before he got into the Governor's chair.

  • boyfromthehood South Jordan/ United States, UT
    April 11, 2012 11:14 p.m.

    It's a bit ironic to see such an event. Schools teach about math, checking answers, etc... It seems a bit funny, but it isn't a laughing matter. There needs to be a way to come up with this money.

  • wear2manyhatz Holladay, UT
    April 12, 2012 5:13 a.m.

    Good grief! A "miscalculation"? Just a few too many over the last years for me!

    Utah's boastful pride in our education is laughable. I am 100% for public education, but I'm not convinced the Legislature actually is.

    Can't help but wonder if the "conspiracy theory" that those who supported vouchers had anything to do with the error.

    Exactly where and how will the "shortfall" be corrected? By cutting into the newest Education budget? Human Services?

    You just gotta know it's not coming from favorites...such as wasting tax-payer money on "message" legislation!

    Utah elected officials: Watch out. 2012 elections are not that far off!

  • raybies Layton, UT
    April 12, 2012 6:05 a.m.

    Guess they forgot the carry the one... or the 25 million. And these are educators. No wonder our public math skills are slipping.

  • Red Salt Lake City, UT
    April 12, 2012 7:11 a.m.

    Everyone makes mistakes. It is too bad this one cost them their jobs.

  • DHB Hurricane, UT
    April 12, 2012 7:15 a.m.

    If this falls within the normal statistical margin of error in making school funding calculations, as indicated in the article, why are two of our senior officials being forced to resign? Obviously, $25M is nothing to sneeze at, but something doesn't feel quite right. Is there a 'rest of the story', or are our legislators and members of the school board just desperate to find a scapegoat for their flawed oversight?

  • London10 DRAPER, UT
    April 12, 2012 8:15 a.m.

    I agree with DHB. People make mistakes, especially when you consider the pressure and understaffing at the state office of education. This certainly wasn't worth having two officials hand in their resignations. Indeed, where is the rest of the story about this?

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    April 12, 2012 9:03 a.m.

    Maybe they had the same financial person as the Department of Alcohol Beverage Control had with their precise control of the budget. What seems odd to me is that the Office of Education can come up with $25,000,000 to take care of that small error. Education is important and that kind of error impacts on children, teachers, administrators and the parents who pay taxes. The office of education tries to downplay that number by saying it is a small error. $25,000,000 is not a small error, to me. With property taxes impacted and state budgets impacted by the recession and 76,000 Utahns still out of work not putting in the taxes the state thought, that is not a small amount or impact. I guess compared to Governor Herbert's $86,000 donation from the I-15 Core project he received fromt he contractor for their $1.3 billion they got, that is a small amount. People make make mistakes but the Legislative and executive process, Audit and State Auditor should be checking. How many other small "mistakes" are happening? Howard Stephenson is always hunting for teacher mistakes but should be minding the store.

  • SLars Provo, UT
    April 12, 2012 11:46 a.m.

    A well run state? When dealing with millions, there should be double and triple checks. Add this to medicaid and we are seeing a lack of leadership. If a business made this many mistakes, they would be out of business.

  • L Central, Utah
    April 12, 2012 11:16 p.m.

    @Red - Yes we all make mistakes from time to time, even me, but if a mistake this size had gone on up through the company, everyone in the branch would have been fired.

    What also concerns me, at least as reported, some seem to think this is a minor matter. That is the entire profit for some businesses. If they can "find" that much money to take care of the problem indicates their budget was not too "tight" when I had been hearing that things had been cut to the bare bones and any less would seriously impact the education of the students.

    A personal observation might include agencies that buy 4x4's when really 4x2's would do the job excep on a few occassions. Do you have a "nice" pen on your desk because it feels good or you like the way it writes when a less expensive pen will still do the job of putting the information down on the paper. Is a 20" computer screen really needed to do the job or would a smaller one also do the job. Government shows some examples of poor budgeting and purchasing the proper valued items!