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Education data should worry us

Don Gale's column, "Educational outlook in Utah is not so rosy" (Nov. 5), was excellent and his data should concern us. When I attended public schools in Salt Lake City in the 1940s, Utah was always ranked among the top five states in the nation. Now we seem to be satisfied with slightly above average. Teacher salaries start in the mid-$20,000 range, pretty low for college graduates. Also, most Utah teachers have very large classes. A calculus teacher told me that he has around 40 students per class. Since there is a large tax surplus in our state, why not divert much of it toward our schools and get back among the top five?

Peter Weiler