The Legislature should have passed SB31, a much-needed bill to shrink class sizes in kindergarten through third grade. Instead, a coterie of Republicans in the Utah House derailed the bill with a lame excuse about fitting it into the budget.
The Senate passed Sen. Karen Morgan's bill 19-9, a substantial margin. Even Sen. Howard Stephenson, a perennial critic of new education spending on targeted programs, spoke in favor of the bill in committee. Still, voices like that of Rep. John Dougall, R-Highland, who obviously fails to see the connection between academic success and more one-on-one classroom instruction, carried the day. The committee killed SB31, not even allowing it to be debated on the House floor. That's a shameful display of partisan politics, and made worse by the desperate need for this legislation.
And this isn't the first year Morgan has been railroaded by rightist Republicans, although the bill this year had bipartisan support.