Utah education dead last

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The following data supplement a recent editorial that addressed Utah's inadequate education ("Slippery slope: Nothing to stop slide of education," Our View, March 15).

According to the most recent census, Utah's $6,064 education expenditure per student is the lowest, just 57 percent of the U.S. average. Thirty-nine states spend at least 50 percent more than Utah.

Idaho, with the second-lowest per-pupil expenditure, spends 11.7 percent more than Utah. The census also reported that from 2009 to 2010, overall U.S. education funding increased 1.1 percent; Utah's decreased 4.6 percent, a change that exceeded 48 states.

Our fertility rate is the highest, 26 percent more than the U.S. average. Since Utah parents can deduct $2,850 for each dependent, large families excessively impact education funds.

Our teacher/pupil ratio is the highest, 44 percent above average, and at least 25 percent more than 39 states. KTVX-Ch. 4 reported that in 2011, 69 percent of Utah parents said they would pay more taxes in order to have their children in smaller classes.

We have a problem, which, if not resolved, will continue to rob our children. Utah legislators: If you can't lead, at least try to follow us.

Frank Cameron