Each year our Legislature and governor claim education is their top priority, and ...? Well, what we know is that we are last in the nation in public school funding per student, and we barely fund the increased enrollment we face.
Our Legislature in particular seems intent on diverting education funds to charter schools in their never-ending snub of — some would say war on — public education. Since it seems that appeals to elected officials fall on perpetually deaf ears, here are some things we can all do to support public education in Utah:
Visit the Network for Public Education website, (www.networkforpubliceducation.org), write letters to the editor of your local newspaper or website in support of your public schools, visit your local public school and offer to volunteer. See what teachers do.
Join any local or state organization that supports public education; support the arts for all children. Demand that all children have time and resources for singing, dancing and other joyful activities. Support Fairtest, which opposes the misuse of testing. (www.fairtest,org).
Since it seems that we can only count on our Legislature to obstruct public education rather than support it, it is up to citizens to do the right thing.
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