Any increase in funding will lead to more spending, and schools will go back to
being broke, and wanting more. No matter how much you have,--you always need
more.With a management overhaul:* class sizes would
decrease* teacher pay will increase* students will be better
educatedThe road block is with politics.
Time to stop rewarding those who are not paying their fair share. No more
decuctions for families with more than 2 kids. If you want large families
that's your choice but don't expect society to pay for it.
Utahans have believed in families and that education is the way for the
children's future. Utah has had and still has a family friendly
environment and public school and higher education has been a desire and will of
the people who live here. Brigham Young, the political and religious leader for
years espoused the need for skills, mentally and physically, as he moved to help
develop the west from Mexico to Canada throughout the western states. The State
of Utah has a tough balance to make every legislative session. Hopefully, by Thursday night, they will continue that move toward funding for
education in light of the budgetary process and fiduciary responsibilities they
have. Education was an emphasis for our grandparents as they moved to locations
to make that possible, if needed. Working long hours to get money for tuition
and books was in their minds, hearts, and souls. Going to Universities in other
states to get a PhD and a degree beyond their local Utah Universities was almost
a need for some fields of study. That meant sacrifices for the families.
Sacrifice is still a part of many people, today. Subverting public education is
not what we need.
Hmm? Is it funding, or mis-management?How much funding is enough?
"Worf", I see that you are from Mcallen, TX, so why are your concerned
about Utah schools. Texas spends $1500 or more per student than Utah so it seems
the waste in educational spending is in Texas. Utah already spends the least
amount per student in the nation meaning it's the most efficient in its use
of funds. Utah teachers are thankful for the investment, small as it is, because
it allows them to at least keep up with inflation. I know teachers here care
about their students and the money will be invested to improved education in
Utah. I'm thankful the legislature did what they did. They know they have
to invest in public education to improve Utah Schools to be world class.
If you look at historical graphs that compare the amount of spending on
education and the testing results by year... there is absolutely NO
correlation.Spending has never been greater, yet our test scores
either stay the same or go down. I'm getting frustrated just thinking
about it.Why is money or a new government program that will cost
money the only solutions ever proposed or offered?Why? Because it
shows that the politicians at least did "something." Don't even get me started on teachers unions... don't do it!
Cottage Cheese, worf:I say let's pay teachers minimum wage and
maybe administrators $10 an hour and see if this gets better results.