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What would it take to get #UTed funding to the national average?

Posted in 2011 on Saturday, June 25th, 2011 at 1:36 PM 9 Comments

The Utah State Office of Education published a blog lamenting Utah’s low per pupil expenditures.  It’s probably worth reading.  We added a little perspective we felt was sobering but helpful.  Days later, we’re still “awaiting moderation.”  Go figure.

Here is our comment:

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Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 9:44 pm

It’s true that Utah spends roughly $6,062 per student, about 51 percent of our total budget – which is up from 46 percent in 2008. It’s a struggle. We have more students per taxpayer than other states.

Reaching the U.S. Average of $10,441 would cost Utah nearly $2.4 billion. Income Tax rates would have to increase from the current 5% to 9.4%. That’s almost double.

To reach New Jersey’s per pupil expenditure of $17,029 would cost Utah nearly $5.9 billion. To pay for it, we’d have to more than triple our Personal and Corporate Income Taxes (5% to 16%).

And doing that, of course, would have it’s own impact on Utah’s business climate, economy, and future income tax revenues.  Utah’s education challenges are not simple ones.  We’d love your ideas and thoughtful feedback as we go.

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9 Comments to “What would it take to get #UTed funding to the national average?”

  1. Mike says:

    Since Utah families tend to have more children than the national average, and our wages are lower, it is easy to convince ourselves that our level of education funding is justified. The problem is that in Utah we think that having a lot of kids is great, but we want other people to subsidize them, and yet we aren’t willing to raise taxes to a point where we have a sufficient subsidy. One solution is to convince everyone that we really do need to raise taxes. Another solution is to get parents to take more economic responsibility for their own children. That means tuition. Maybe we don’t charge tuition for public schools, but what about letting charter schools charge tuition?

  2. Thank you for submitting this comment to and please accept my apologies for the length of time it took to approve it. I was out of the office Thursday and Friday and only occasionally near a smart phone. I approved it as soon as possible.

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  3. Thanks – I wondered if something like that was the case. What gave us pause is when three or four new blog entries posted, including a response to feedback on the first blog, but the price tag comment sat in limbo. Important part of the discussion, we thought. Thanks for posting it.

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  5. Ron Jenson says:

    All education needs to be evaluated for importrance to an individual in surviving in todays world both socially and financially. The nice to know classes needs to go and get those taught that truly help in a persons life. Don’t tell me you did not have a few classes you paid good money for and they were truly a waste of both time and money. I had a five hour psychology class taught by one holding a Doctors degree and he was in the room seven times during the quarter including the finnal exam. There are better ways to receive an education or training than going into debit that will take a lifetime to pay off. Then to get layed off in their fourties of fifties never to be employed in the area of their education again. Education needs to get a peron employable first then broaden his skills while he is working.

  6. School Board Member for District 4 Dave Thomas adds grist to the mill:

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