To: Dean Sanpei,
Subject: Support SB97S03, Fund Education
Date: Mon Apr 06 21:27:19 MDT 2015
Dear State Representative Sanpei,
Utah is widely recognized as a well-managed state with a strong economy. At current levels of investment, measures of our state’s educational achievement show that we have fallen to the middle of the pack. This trend is perilous to our economic future.
Utahns want the legislature to invest in education while maintaining Utah’s attractive tax climate. We need to keep pace with enrollment growth and we need to improve educational outcomes. SB97SB03 makes changes related to school property taxes and funding. By doing so, SB97S03 will bring in $75 million in additional funding to education. The average cost to a family is about $48 and to a business is $348 annually. We can no longer delay funding education. We must outline comprehensive investments to ensure the needs of schools and students are met.
My son (Alan Park) taught English in the Jordan School District for three years. He was an outstanding teacher and received recognition from the school and the district. He is now teaching in Cowley, Wyoming. He got an instant $19,000 pay raise to teach there. If you want more qualified teachers, you need to pay better. It is that simple. Until you are willing to compete for the best teachers, many will leave and others will take their talents and skills to other professions that do pay better.
Please make education funding a priority so that we can prepare our young people to be among the most educated workforce in the nation. Please invest in Utah’s future prosperity by supporting SB97S03.
Sincerely, Steven Park 817 Country Mill Dr. Kaysville, UT 84037