Dems Focus on Education in State of the State Response
01.25.2012 by Eric Ray
(KCPW News) In their response to Governor Herbert’s State of the State Address tonight, Utah’s Democratic leaders stressed their priority this legislative session is to improve public education through a series of bills called the “Best Schools Initiative.”
“Utah Democrats believe that every Utah child deserves four things: an excellent teacher, individualized attention, world class curriculum, and neighborhood and family support,” said Senate Minority Leader Ross Romero.
Romero said reducing class sizes in kindergarten through third grade and giving teachers extra classroom help will “work wonders” in helping students succeed.
Romero added the Democrats plan for improving education won’t take any more money from taxpayers. “Let me be very clear. We do not believe it is fiscally wise to raise taxes on Utah’s working families,” said Romero. “That’s why I’m pleased to announce that the House and Senate Democrats Best School’s Initiative includes a funding plan that reprioritizes our resources and does not raise taxes.”
Other priorities introduced by the Democrats included improving access to higher education for veterans, protecting consumer rights, and improving air quality.