A teacher writes from Utah to explain conditions there:


I teach in Utah, the lowest per pupil expenditure state. Ironically, we are also one of the most equitable in funding. We have no money, but ALL of our districts have no money.

I have 256 students. That equals out to over 30 for each class but two (out of nine total). HOURS spent grading, calling parents, etc. In my district, we’ve just been told that if a student fails, it is the teacher’s fault. So more and more paperwork and calling to drag kids to passing.

I wish Bill Gates would come and substitute in my 8th and 9th grade classes for a week, and then, like my lovely state legislature, tell me that money doesn’t matter. Gates, and my legislators for that matter, wouldn’t last a day. Maybe not even a class period.