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:
• 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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