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Letter: The attack dogs are coming out again to squelch the Our Schools Now effort

Classroom items fill the hallways at Skyline High School as work is done on the classrooms in Millcreek on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017.
Classroom items fill the hallways at Skyline High School as work is done on the classrooms in Millcreek on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017.
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

It’s interesting to see the attack dogs coming out again to squelch the Our Schools Now effort that would give Utah voters the chance to share their feelings regarding funding for our public schools. A coalition of Utah business leaders, parents and educators molded this citizen choice initiative, and opinion polls show that a modest majority of us agrees with them. On the other hand, naysayers insist that the radical proposal to elevate Utah (take your Dramamine now) from 51st in the nation in per pupil spending to…51st but within shooting distance of No. 50, would damage our economy and our middle class.

Perhaps our local business leaders are tired of filling their highest paid positions with young workers from out of state because our children are not qualified to accept the demanding jobs of today’s economy. Perhaps they have noticed that Utah’s educational outcome for our children has slid from “I can’t believe that Utah gets to 10th or 15th nationally with squat for funding,” to “25th or 35th ain’t too bad.”

For myself, I am fatigued by the time-worn alibis of “cut out the fat” and “more money for schools does not guarantee improvement” which have been boilerplate from the do-nothing crowd for decades.

Kerry Soelberg

West Jordan