Facebook Twitter

TEACHER LEADER PELTS PLAN

SHARE TEACHER LEADER PELTS PLAN

Gov. Norm Bangerter's proposed 6 percent increase for teachers is too little to garner teacher support, said Ken Zenger, state director of the Utah affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers.

The figure will be affected by lane changes and increased health care costs and could be reduced to 3-to-4 percent by the time adjustments are made, said Zenger.Utah average salaries still lag behind the averages in surrounding states, he said and will not catch up at the rate Bangerter proposes.

The state should make a larger commitment to recognize teaching as "the most valuable obligation we have to the future of the children of Utah and, consequently, to the future of Utah," Zenger said.

He suggests a line item in the budget that would provide $3,000 for each teacher in the state.