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Letter: Use tax increase to cover basic education needs
First Published Mar 07 2014 01:01 am • Last Updated Mar 07 2014 01:01 am

I understand that the Utah State Senate voted in favor of a property tax increase on Tuesday that could mean as much as $100 million for public education over the next few years. However, rather than using that money to cover basic education needs, a last-minute amendment would divert it all to help fund Speaker Lockhart’s technology initiative ("Money for Utah school equalization hijacked for tech initiative," Tribune, March 4)

As a teacher, father, and grandfather of Utah public education students, I consider this action to be a misalignment of priorities in our public education needs. The Legislature needs to first fund the following basic public education needs before considering new projects, such as HB131:

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• Fully fund new student growth.

• A minimum 2.5 percent increase on the WPU.

• Social Security/retirement as a separate line item.

• Restore at least two days of educator professional development.

Technology resources are important, but these basic needs must be met first.

David O. Bettinson


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