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New legislation contributes to education goals, but major reforms remain out of reach

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  • Steve Cottrell Centerville, UT
    March 15, 2014 2:03 p.m.

    It's amazing that Utah legislators expect first rate results from our schools when funding them at just over half the national average. You can't buy a first rate home in Utah with about half of the national average cost. You can't buy classrooms, books, desks, paper, and any of the other physical material for about half of the national average cost.

  • Seek to understand Sandy, UT
    March 15, 2014 9:25 p.m.

    The problem facing public education is not a funding problem. And the answers are not found in more funding. The more we think it is funding and focus our efforts there, the longer our children wait for us to have the guts to address the real issues. I believe perhaps the largest issue is that the quality of instruction varies so much from classroom to classroom, school to school, that great inequities exist in the education a student receives from one school (or even one class) to the next.

    Education, as an "industry" needs to figure out how to measure teacher effectiveness and provide training and accountability to improve the teaching in places where it is weak. Schools need to be more bold in letting poor teachers go, more quickly, and invest what is needed in high potential teachers (by way of training and coaching).

    Our challenges are not primarily funding challenges. The solutions do not lie in increased funding.

  • Steve Cottrell Centerville, UT
    March 16, 2014 7:59 a.m.

    It takes better funding to address the very issues raised by Seek To Understand: "that the quality of instruction varies so much from classroom to classroom, school to school, that great inequities exist in the education a student receives from one school (or even one class) to the next."

    Yes inequities are significant. But to attract excellent teachers, and to provide "training and coaching" all cost money.

  • Fred44 Salt Lake City, Utah
    March 16, 2014 9:23 p.m.

    There is not a single problem in education, but funding tops the list, followed closely by parent and student apathy. Better salaries for teachers equals better teaching, more accountability for students equals higher test scores. Parents who choose to get involved in their childs life, not by being helicopter parents and running down to the school every time your child tells you something, but by reading to them in the early part of their lives, and then having them read to you in the primary grades. By making sure that the do their homework, that they attend class at the secondary level.