There's a saying by educators that in grades one through three we learn to read, and after that, we read to learn. This is why the early grades are so important. It's also important that we have lower class sizes in those classes so teachers can do a better job of teaching. Senate Minority Whip Karen Morgan, D-Salt Lake City, recognizes this and has introduced SB 31 which will reduce class sizes in those grade levels.
Critics wonder that with limited resources, is this idea good for all schools? My answer to that is, if schools have the first three grades with students in them, then it is a good idea.
Other critics want to know if the class size issue is as important as giving performance pay to teachers. Let's not muddy the waters. Teacher performance pay is a different issue that needs addressing.
SB 31 should be given the highest priority on the list of things Legislators should do for Utah education. It's a baby step in the right direction of adequate funding for our education system. Let's get some letters to our Lawmakers about SB 31.
Bob Van Velkinburgh