Saturday, October 22, 2016
Here is a video of the debate for Alpine School Board District #4 in case you were not able to attend on Tuesday. I was so impressed by the students who put together the questions and ran the debate. As I talked to them, I had great hope for our future.
Friday, October 14, 2016
Three Alpine School District board members recently authored a letter where they promised to vote to reduce the District budget by 6% to avoid federal mandates. Although I would like to avoid the strings that come with federal funding, this is not the time to reduce the budget for our children. Utah currently ranks last in the nation in per-student funding spending only $6,555 per pupil compared to New York at $19,818 per pupil and a national average of $10,700. If anything, we need to increase education funding to prepare our students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields where educational costs are higher. I am disturbed when board members attempt to score political points at the expense of our most vulnerable citizens (our children).
Utah school administration costs average $63 per student, compared to a national average of $202. I think that most people think the administrative overhead is greater than it is.