The letter of May 20, "Sequester the cause of Ogden district cuts?" suggested that the Ogden City School District's recent changes to staffing were a result of sequestration.
To be clear, I voted against sequestration for many reasons, especially due to the detrimental impact on our national defense that unfairly penalizes those working to support our military.
As a teacher for 28 years, I appreciate the concern and emotions associated with staffing changes. Sequestration alone is not what's causing the changes. The district's proposed cuts are the result of fewer funds at many levels, including federal, state, and local funding, and the obvious need for the district to eliminate a local budget deficit.
I was told that the full decision about these positions hasn't been finalized and I hope many positions can be saved. The decision as to how to prioritize funding, however, is entirely up to the district.
Utah faces unique challenges in funding public education. States in the east with few public lands outpace Utah's education funding two to one. The only way to fix this disparity is to give Utahns a greater say in how the land within our state is managed. Until we are able to generate local revenue like eastern states that have no public lands, our children's education will be at an unfair disadvantage.
Congressman Rob Bishop