Letters to the editor on the BOE election

School budget raises questions about government spending

To the editor:

“An informed citizenry is the only true repository of the public will”, Benjamin Franklin. In other words we should be knowledgeable about what we are voting for or against.

I do not wish to sound pessimistic, however I am gravely concerned about the path that our country is on. We are truly sailing on uncharted waters in rough seas with $17 trillion dollars of debt and our federal reserve recklessly printing (with no backing) $85 billion each month. Washington is insanely out of control with rampant wasteful, pernicious and immoral spending that does not bode well for our nations’ future.

Our country is experiencing real unemployment well over 10 percent with 9.5 million people leaving the job market in the last four and a half years, most of whom are now on public assistance, job growth at an anemic pace and anti-capitalist roadblocks being thrust at our wealth and job creating entrepreneurs. It is a vibrant and competitive private sector that is the engine providing the majority of funding for all the good stuff we enjoy. However, we as a nation are broke and getting broker. It scares the heck out of me and it should you.

This brings me to our upcoming vote on May 21 for the SCS Budget. First of all I do not believe it is inherently possible for any public sector entity to spend money efficiently. I do think our teachers and school board are doing a great job in spite of onerous state and federal mandates, guidelines and directives; many not funded. However, I also realize that there is no money to continue on our current path. This is unsustainable, period! We simply have to rethink the way we do things.

Within the last few years the average cost per student in the U.S. was $10,499. New Yorkers paid $18,126 per student while in Utah and Arizona it was $6,356 and $7,813 respectively. Notably, in Utah 21 percent of students failed to meet federal education guidelines while in New York the figure was 38 percent. This does not necessarily mean that Utah is doing a better job with less than half the money but it sure does raise some questions. Are we in New York getting a reasonable return on our educational investment?

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