Utah public schools need more money. Teachers are underpaid, many youngsters desperately need early-childhood education preschool and all-day kindergarten. Too many older students need remedial help to reach a level of academic achievement that means they're ready for college, technical training or a good job.
When some conservative members of the Legislature say money isn't the answer to all our educational problems, they're right. But in a state that spends far less on education per pupil than any other state, where classes are the largest in the nation, where teachers are not making a competitive wage and a third of them leave during their first five years, the need for more revenue is obvious.
So Rep. Jim Bird's idea to increase funding for schools should be considered by legislators who are serious about improving education in the Beehive State as a point of discussion that might lead to other, better ideas.