Johnson wants to create more flexibility with education in Utah

When it comes to per-student funding for education, a state cannot rank any lower than Utah, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report. Photo credit: U.S. Department of Education.

Republican Jonathan Johnson agrees with Utah Governor Gary Herbert that education is extremely important and he agrees it is good to compare how our schools are doing against each other. But Johnson, who is hoping to unseat the governor in the coming election, said if elected he would prefer to do things “The Utah Way.”

On <a href=”http://610kvnu.com/assets/podcaster/324/2016_01_29_324_41493_2867.mp3″ target=”_blank”>KVNU’s For the People program Thursday</a>, Johnson said schools should be able to use Common Core, standard tests or any other plan including home school. He said he has learned the state provides public school teachers with $425 for classroom supplies.

Johnson proposes, instead, something that provides more flexibility, for public school teachers and parents who choose to homeschool.

“I want to provide an optional tax credit,” Johnson explained. “Some homeschoolers don’t want to take it because they fear more government intervention. While that’s certainly not the intent, it’s not something they are required to take.

“But if it helps them move forward and educate their children, I think homeschooling parents provide a great service to our society.”

Johnson said there is no question that things turn out better when decisions are made by those closer to the people.

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