Quantcast
Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Questions abound about how to pay for Speaker’s massive education push

$200M-$300M push by Lockhart would require big cuts in other state programs.



< Previous Page


In a statement Friday, the governor’s office touted his own record on expanding digital education.

"The governor has been a strong proponent of enhancing the technology available to teachers and students since he convened his Education Excellence Commission over four years ago," his office said. "The governor appreciates the support of legislative leadership for this important initiative. He looks forward to working with the Senate and House to find the right balance for funding competing priorities with limited taxpayer dollars."

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

Lockhart said she plans to publicly release her education plan by the end of next week, although The Tribune first reported the broad contours of it Thursday. She said she expects it to be less than $300 million, but the price tag will be significant.

"We’ve always felt and always demonstrated that education is our No. 1 priority and this will give us an opportunity to show that," she said.

House Majority Whip Greg Hughes, R-Draper, said if the Legislature wants to invest in something "transformational" for education, it’s going to require a serious look at the budget.

And Hughes said it is wrong for critics to suggest that Lockhart is looking to bolster her legacy before she leaves the Legislature at the end of the year, or that she is burnishing her credentials for a potential run for the governor’s office — even a possible challenge to Herbert — in 2016.

"Is it any surprise that someone who has spent 16 years in service and the last four as speaker wants to have a legacy of something that is transformational?" he said. "I know they want to point to ulterior motives, but I think that’s unfair."

gehrke@sltrib.com

Twitter: @RobertGehrke




Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment


About Reader Comments


Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Videos
Jobs
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Login to the Electronic Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.