Like it or not, it looks like the state of Utah will get $101 million from the Education Jobs Fund which could prevent the loss of 1600 to 1800 teachers in the public school system. Conservative Republican lawmakers have resisted what they refer to as money being forced on them but they have also said Congress should not allow the Department of Education to send the federal funds directly to school districts.Gilberto Urroz, the Democratic candidate for Utah legislative District 4, says the legislature should accept the money because it is badly needed in the education system.”There seems to be an ideological reason,” Urroz said on KVNU’s Crosstalk show Friday. “There’s this ideological point not to get money from the federal government because of a legitimate concern of increasing the deficit. But at this moment we need that. “Education is important to get our people going toward economic reform and economic recovery. It is important to get that money, particularly if it is available.”Urroz is running against Republican David Butterfield for the seat now held by Rep. Fred Hunsaker.
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