Corroon seeking larger commitment to education

Republican Governor Gary Herbert and Democrat Peter Corroon outlined different visions for Utah’s education system during their fourth gubernatorial debate. During their meeting at Utah Valley University Wednesday, Corroon suggested capping tuition for students each year they enter college while Herbert suggested that private donors step up to help keep tuition down.Earlier, on KVNU’s Crosstalk show, Corroon said education is critical not only for the state’s young people to get a good job but also to the state’s economy.”I say I think 69% of the jobs in the future will require some kind of secondary education,” Corroon said. “It’s not only public education k-12, it’s also our higher education system. “Our education system, frankly, has been systematically de-funded since the 1990s in the state of Utah. We used to be #7 in terms of how much of our income went towards education. Now we’re #41 in the nation and of course we’re the lowest in per-pupil funding.”Herbert and Corroon are vying to fill the remainder of former Governor Jon Huntsman’s term. It expires in 2012. Huntsman resigned in August of 2009 to become U.S. Ambassador to China. Herbert had been serving as Huntsman’s Lieutenant Governor. Corroon is currently the mayor of Salt Lake County.

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