Let’s Go Learn
Utahns recognize that the state’s future depends on the well-being and education of its children. Every investment we make in our schools will pay dividends not only for individual success but for our society as a whole. But two major issues threaten Utah schools and must be addressed: inequities in school funding and retention of the best teachers.
Right now, those who live in lower-income school districts pay higher taxes, but receive less than half the funding per student than those living in the wealthiest school districts. We must adjust how our schools are funded. The quality of a child’s education should not be dictated by their zip code.
Utah teachers are among the finest in the nation, but four of 10 leave the profession within five years. With the current shortage of teachers, this must change. Boosting the starting salaries of teachers will not only make education a more attractive career option, but will elevate the profession’s status as well.
Addressing funding equity and increasing teacher pay will help ensure that every child in the state receives a quality education. It’s good policy, but more importantly, it’s the right thing to do.