How can HB212 do less than cause far more problems than it solves? Handing $5,000 to a few teachers in a few subjects in a few grades in a few schools isn't a good idea. It's a horrible one. All teachers in Utah need that kind of encouragement. All of them — for putting up with core problems like crowded classrooms, difficult mixes of students, inadequate classroom and career support, meager reward for job importance.
The chronic underfunding of K-12 has created a situation where experienced teachers are often discouraged enough to leave. Younger ones, in their first five years, are in fact doing so in droves. And as for getting enough of the best and brightest prospects into teacher training programs — well, fat chance of that with legislators who keep telegraphing disrespect in myriad ways, saying some teachers are more important than others.