Issues: Education

Issues: Education

Transform Our Education System

The Utah State Constitution guarantees the right to a quality education for all Utah children, regardless of their zip code. Today, the lowest income school districts in Utah pay higher taxes while receiving less than half the funding per student as compared to the wealthiest school districts in the state. That disparity means fewer resources and less opportunity for children in low income areas. That needs to change.

While state funding is equitably distributed to every school, local funding based on assessed property values is not. Tragically, this approach disadvantages the very children who most need a strong education system. Without strong schools, those in our poorest communities will struggle to achieve the most fundamental of American aspirations – upward economic mobility. Addressing this inequity isn’t just about tax policy or education reform. It is a moral imperative that strikes at the heart of Utah values. Utahns prioritize education, we love our children and we care for the poor and needy. If we can’t lead on this issue, no one can.

As your governor, I am committed to reducing regulation and improving school funding to ensure that every child in the state receives a quality education. Our plan will increase resources for the most disadvantaged schools while continuing to support the great schools in our strongest districts. Those additional resources mean better teachers, smaller class sizes and more prepared students.

The future of our state is sitting in a classroom today. Utah’s economy depends on a strong education system. By prioritizing this issue, we can fulfill our constitutional duty to our children and secure a brighter future for our state.

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