There are about 25,000 new students in Utah’s public schools this year, the equivalent of 1000 classrooms and the budget has been cut by $200 million. For that reason, State School Superintendent Larry Shumway says he is confident the governor and state lawmakers will accept the $101,303,000 which is Utah’s share of President Obama’s Education Jobs Bill.On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Tuesday, Shumway talked about where the money is needed most.”We can’t spend it on construction, or district administration, or put it in our savings account and save it forever, or build up our rainy day funds,” Shumway explained. “We have to spend it on classroom-oriented activities then spend it on principals at schools and on counselors, or on teacher salaries and compensations and teacher benefits.”Shumway said Utah teachers are doing a great job of doing more with less money. He issued a plea to parents to support your child’s teachers and to set aside time each day to help your child stay in touch and support those teachers. While in Logan Shumway also spoke at the Cache Chamber of Commerce Third Tuesday forum.
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