The recently-adjourned Legislature effectively protected Utah's ranking of 50th in state education spending per student. Even a sensible proposal to reduce huge class sizes in the critical years from kindergarten to third grade died.
Effectively dealing with school problems will require fundamental societal changes. Too many adhere to the old adage, "If you can, do; if you can't, teach." It is not merely a problem of inadequate pay for teachers, but a lack of respect for the profession.
We have a lot to learn from Finland. Only the top 10 percent of applicants for the required master's program in education are accepted. Teachers have the same status as doctors and lawyers. My cousin, a retired high school teacher, was viewed as a community leader by virtue of her position.