Gov. Norm Bangerter's proposed budget is too stingy in some areas, the Utah Education Association believes. The teacher group will press for more funding for class size reduction, school construction and salaries.
The governor took a step in the right direction when he started a program three years ago to address class sizes in the primary grades, said UEA President Lily Eskelsen, "but the Legislature's outlays have decreased each year. The proposal for $2.9 million to reduce kindergarten classes is not enough, she said.The UEA will suggest $20 million to cut class sizes. The union also hopes to increase cost-of-living raises above the 3 percent advocated by Bangerter. They would like 1 percent above the actual inflation increase, which would support teacher salaries, textbooks, supplies, utilities and other operating expenses.