Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Today the Public Education Appropriations Subcommittee discusses the many possible areas of cuts to public education funding. The Utah State Office of Education is looking at 7.5% cut for the rest of this fiscal year and a 15% cut for next year. Some districts have already put in place travel and hiring freezes. Ogden and Weber districts are both looking at ways to lower expenses for next year. One idea that is being discussed by state leaders is cutting days of school. State Board member Janet Cannon said in the Deseret News today, "Days of school and instructional time are the most important thing we do. Time on task makes a huge difference in the academic success of children." Jim Johnson, Iron County Supt. countered that, "It's fair and consistent across the board. I would prefer that to a reduction in force." Educators salaries make up about 85% of the budget so naturally is a place where cuts may come. The UEA will be fighting for funding and holding teacher's salaries harmless. Be involved and contact your legislators. Thanks for reading. Our January contest has begun and to enter email firstname.lastname@example.org with appropriations in the message to enter. You can enter more than once.
Posted by Rick Palmer: UniServ Director at 8:27 AM