Utah parents and educators will join those from across the country next week to rally against policies they claim are undermining education. The “Save Our Schools March and National Call to Action” will rally at the Salt Lake City Library on July 28 and 29 and march to the State Office of Education on July 29. They will speak out against such policies as privatization, closing schools and transferring control away from teachers and parents. The rally will also focus on what teachers say is “underfunded education.” One planner, Doni Faber, says there is a great concern about the direction policies are going and about the fact that public education is underfunded. State Senator Lyle Hillyard, R-Logan, says teachers are not the only ones asking for more money. “Teachers may rally,” Hillyard says. “We have other groups coming to me talking about their concerns and I just have a practical problem that we only have so much money and so much that we can raise from our people. “I think when they talk about the federal budget, the time they are in now, what’s going to happen is if there’s much cutting we get probably, I’m going to guess 50% of our money that we spend in our state comes from federal sources.” State Senator Lyle Hillyard, R-Logan, has not taken a stand on the other issues. But he says public education is not the only organization hurting for money in Utah. Hillyard says the only way more money could be appropriated to public education would be if some kind of taxes were increased. He says the public showed in the last election that they do not want that to happen.
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