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March 1, 2019 - Volume 39 Issue 8

UT House Passes Bill That Would Cover College Tuition and Fees for Needy Utah Students

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Utah students of limited means would pay no tuition or fees for four semesters to attend state colleges, universities and technical colleges under HB260, which passed the Utah House of Representatives Thursday by a vote of 69-3. (Deseret News, Feb. 21)

“War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength” -  George Orwell (1903- 1950), British author.



“There is the potential that you could vote a pay raise out between now and Day 60 and that would become law. Now, if it’s not done in that window, then it would take a special session for being able to handle that.” – Senate Finance Chairman Craig Blair on the possibility that the Senate could approve pay raises for teachers and school service workers during the current legislative session even though the budget bill his committee considered Thursday did not include those raises

“If we can’t pay our teachers a competitive rate, we’ll keep losing teachers to other states.” – Delegate Mark Dean in support of the pay raise bill approved by the House of Delegates

“Is it any wonder why we have a shortage of 1,000 teachers in West Virginia?” – Tyler County Supt. Robin Daquilante, testifying in support of raising pay for teachers

“People who don’t participate with their children in public schools are being prohibited from using public school facilities even though they pay their taxes for it.” – Delegate Larry Kump on the so-called “Tim Tebow Bill” to allow homeschooled students and private school students to participate in public school extracurricular activities

“If we do this, the only logical conclusion is that we must divorce these teams from the schools and have them be supported by the community, not by the schools. By contrast, if in fact they are school teams, then people who do not attend classes at the schools should not participate on them.” – Delegate John Doyle on the implications of approving the “Tim Tebow Bill”

“I think this bill is a wonderful bill. Our students who go to private school and home school – they’re not second-class citizens.” – Delegate Tom Bibby on the “Tim Tebow Bill”

“With the current workforce, I think we would have difficulty meeting the requirements in the bill.” – Christina Mullins, commissioner of the Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities, on a House Bill 2397, which would require school districts to have one school psychologist for every 1,000 students in kindergarten through seventh grade

“The purpose is to create a safer environment in public schools. – Sen. Patricia Rucker on Senate Bill 632 to require video cameras in certain classrooms

“Being a former board member, I’ve seen numerous unfunded mandates get funneled down to a local board.” – Sen. Paul Hardesty, expressing skepticism about whether the state actually would fund the requirements of Senate Bill 632