The next session of the Utah legislature is still a few months away but State Senator Lyle Hillyard, R-Logan, says he is involved with meetings on education issues of some kind almost every day.
He says how much money will be available won’t be known until December 21st when the governor releases his budget. But Hillyard says there is the longtime battle over whether the money should go into the Weighted Pupil Unit or if local districts should make more decisions.
Hillyard says he is inclined to say, “let local districts decide because they are elected by the people.”
“But the question really is, why should we do it on a state level?” asks Hillyard. “Local districts ought to be able to within their WPU, if we put everything there, be able to prioritize.
“Some districts feel like they don’t have a problem with training and hiring principals, others feel that they do. It’s that age-old battle.”
Hillyard says there is no easy solution to any of the decisions.