Tuesday, January 12, 2010

a new chapter in the annals of cluelessness

Well it seems that my least favorate State Senator, Chris Buttars, has an ingeneous way of cutting the state's budget to make up some of the $700 million dollar gap:
A state senator says school districts should stop busing high school students as way to save money.

Sen. Chris Buttars, R-West Jordan, told the Legislative Public Education Appropriations Subcommittee on Monday the move would save as much $75 million.
Buttars noted that 75 percent of the state's student population is along the Wasatch Front.
Yes, because (a) the other 25 percent of the state doesn't count to Buttars and (b) high school kids in urban/suburban areas can somehow get to school without a school bus.

As the head of the Granite School District noted, high school administrators have enough trouble keeping teenagers in school without having the lack of busing as an excuse. Moreover, how in the world are kids in rural school districts going to get to schools miles and miles away?

As Gubinatorial candidate Peter Carroon said the other day,
"Our state leaders have talked about education as their No. 1 priority for decades and Utah is falling in national standards," Corroon said. "They've cut hundreds of millions of dollars out of our education system. If that's priority No. 1, I'd hate to see priorities 2 and 3."
Buttars' solution will cause more problems which will cost more than the money he seeks to save. Why is this guy on the Senate Appropriations Committee again?

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