Aaryn Birchell: School funding amendment just doesn’t measure up

I needed a tape measure to help me prepared my small classroom to fit 36 high school students for this unprecedented 2020 school year. Amid all the drama of this year’s pandemic, with school closures, economic hardships, schools reopening and everything else 2020 brought, something just isn’t measuring up.

Did we forget that the very foundation of Utah’s constitutional school funding is up for a vote this November? The Legislature has placed Constitutional Amendment G on the ballot, asking you to weaken the 90-year-old guarantee that our income taxes are dedicated to funding education. Frankly, this amendment is a terrible idea, and I hope you’ll vote no on G.

Even in the difficulty of the Great Depression, Utah’s political leaders and voters recognized that schools needed a reliable, protected source of funding. In a state that places such high priority on raising children, our Utah Constitution reflects that commitment to

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