Last week, around 200 teachers in the Salt Lake City School District staged a walkout of a meeting of the board of education. That happened on the heels of two months of salary negotiations between the teachers union and the district – negotiations that have now stalled. In the background is a bigger picture about how education is funded in Utah, and how teachers are retained. The regional planning agency Envision Utah recently conducted a survey of teachers in Utah and found a troubling fact: more teachers than ever are leaving the profession, and that’s happening even as the student population in Utah is booming. One reason teachers surveyed said they were leaving: low pay.
Today on the show, two conversations about the path forward for education funding in Utah.
Yándry Chatwin, Executive Director of Communications, Salt Lake City School District
James Tobler, President, Salt Lake Education Association
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