The 2012 session of the Utah legislature is far from over but a member of the Utah State Board of Education says public education seems to be seen more favorably than usual during the current session. Tammi Pyfer says it helps that there is more money available, Democrats have put forth several bills that would help education, and there is also a helpful new group called Prosperity 2020.”What this is is a group of business leaders, businesses, chambers of commerce, other groups that are supporting public education,” Pyfer explains, “and saying ‘the prosperity of Utah starts with the education of our students.’ “They’ve got a vision that 90 percent of all elementary school children will be proficient at the reading and math evaluations. They echo the governor’s goal of 66 percent of adults having some type of post-high school education.”On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Wednesday, Pyfer said Republican State Senator Aaron Osmond has also been doing a great deal to help as he has brought together all of the education groups along with lawmakers and community groups in an effort to come up with legislation that will boost public education.
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