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Budget methods bizarre

As I watch our state legislators deal with managing our education budget, I'm dismayed by the increasingly bizarre methods they're considering to cut costs and "manage quality." The primary cost of education is due to the ridiculous bureaucracy caused by federal mandates.

First, I want to ask whether any of the ideas they're considering are verifiably productive; that is, do they have any data to show that what they want to do will work? At all? If not, then don't!

Second, if you think education is bad now, just wait until you've taken away the few remaining benefits that keep any of the quality teachers working, in spite of the abominable wages. There will be a mass exodus — not of "bad" teachers, but of your best ones.

Galen Jackson

West Jordan