The members of the Utah Legislature should be happy to appropriate $500,000 in additional funding to the Regents' Scholarship program. After all, it is a proven vehicle for getting more Utah high school students into college with the skills they need to be successful. And that is what most legislators professed to be most committed to as they campaigned for election or re-election this year.
"Education" is always at the top of the priority lists published on campaign brochures and websites. But, sadly, it is also what elected legislators often forget as they debate how to distribute taxpayers' money.
As the legislative session rolls around in January, candidates go back to being legislators, and funding for education tends to slip further down the priority list, overtaken by transportation and public-land grabs.