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Words, deeds don’t jibe

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Last week, legislative fiscal analyst Mike Kjar told the Interim Education Committee that educating via tuition tax credits saves the state at least $1,100 per student. In so doing, he implicitly called Gov. Leavitt to task.

In his 2003 State of the State address, the governor stressed the need to guarantee enough money for each Utah pupil. Until we have adequately funded our public schools, he will support charter schools over tuition tax credits.

The irony is too rich: While professing a commitment to adequate education funding and greater educational choice, he promotes the more expensive educational status quo.

Elisa Clements


Education Excellence Utah