Corroon: state needs to do more for education

President Barack Obama is joining teachers this morning in urging the House to pass legislation that would help keep 160,000 of them on the job. That legislation provides $10 billion to school districts to rehire laid-off teachers or ensure that more teachers won’t be let go before the new school year begins.In Utah, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Peter Corroon says education is critical not only for the success of young people but also for economy. And he says the state needs to do more.”Our education system frankly has been systematically defunded since the 90’s in the state of Utah,” Corroon said on KVNU’s Crosstalk show last week. “We used to be number seven in terms of how much income went towards education. Now we’re number 41, and of course we’re the lowest in per-pupil funding. In Idaho, the next state, it’s about 20% higher than us in the amount towards education. “It’s just about money. I think we need to take our education system seriously and treat it responsibly and have a long term plan how we’re going to fund our education system.”Corroon said right now Utah lawmakers just seem to come up to a band-aid approach for education each year.

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