HOW DO WE PROTECT UTAH’S MOST VALUABLE RESOURCE?
Education is essential to Utah’s future. The more our children know, the better equipped they’ll be to grow into responsible citizens. But the benefits extend beyond individual students. An educated
population creates better jobs for us, our children and our grandchildren. That leads to a better quality of life across the entire state, in the form of increased revenue, civic engagement and volunteerism, along with reduced crime and social service costs.
UTAH’S UNIQUE CHALLENGE
Utah stands out from the rest of the country because we have more children per household than any other state, resulting in fewer taxpayers to fund each child’s education. Still, because residents put such a high value on education, Utah has traditionally found ways to succeed and do more with less.
But challenges loom before us. Educational performance indicators in Utah are dropping compared to other places in the United States and beyond. Not enough students are graduating from high school and higher education to meet the employment needs of the future.
SEARCHING FOR ANSWERS
• As Utah becomes more diverse, how do we harness that diversity and give all of our children the education they need to participate in a strong economy?
• How do we ensure the quality of our teachers and give them the tools they need to succeed?
• How will we teach our children the skills they’ll need for the jobs of tomorrow?
• How do we encourage innovation and efficiency in education?