KCPW reported that
State officials miscalculated how much it would cost to give every teacher a 25-hundred dollar raise as lawmakers intended.
KSL said that
someone made a costly error, forgetting to count more than 2,500 jobs.
Who could it have been? The Legislature has pledged to get the problem fixed in the 2008 session, but it's interesting that neither the legislature nor the State Office of Education caught the problem.
Districts are working around the problem in different ways. For example, says KCPW
...Ogden says some districts have opted to rearrange their budgets and offer the raises now, in anticipation of the legislative appropriation.
Teachers in the Granite and Jordan School Districts will get about 19-hundred dollars for an average salary increase of about six percent.
We need to get the problem solved. It was a mistake of $6,250,000. With the size of the Utah budget, that shouldn't be an insurmountable task.
But we're hemorrhaging teachers as it is. At 38th lowest in salaries in the country and at almost the smallest salaries in the west, why would our best teachers want to stay here and teach? To fix the problem, we need a lot more than $6,250,000. And it is in Utah's best interest to find it.