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To the editor:

A report recently released by the legislative fiscal analyst for education regarding Utah teacher compensation generated some controversy. An Alta High School math teacher was quoted in an article saying "the figures distort the truth about teachers salaries and slant the public against education."A more fallacious conclusion could never be reached. My own reaction was not against education but against cry-baby teachers. Perhaps they should stop whining about their own poverty and start worrying about their students.

Higher salaries will not decrease the student to teacher ratio. Pay raises will not make poor teachers better. Increased teacher compensation will not increase students' test scores. More money for teachers will not build much needed facilities.

Tyler Jensen