Re "Utah ranks in bottom half of country for high school grad rate" (Tribune, Nov. 27):
Instead of starting from what we can "afford," which means the cheapest education system in the nation (at $6,064 per pupil, 51st Utah is $1,000 below No. 50!), let's design a system where two out of three students read at grade level (instead of one out of three), figure what it will cost, and then find a way to pay for it.
It's clear our state leaders will not lead us out of this problem. They're more enthusiastic about designating an official state gun and suing the feds than teaching our children.