Issue Position: Education: Teacher Compensation
Teaching must be reinforced as being among the most noble of pursuits. We must compensate fairly those who inspire our next generation of Utahns. If we hope to produce first-rate students, we must have first-rate teachers.
As I travel the State, I constantly seek input regarding our education needs from parents, teachers and students. The responses I receive are as persuasive as they are unanimous: we must provide our teachers with a decent and competitive compensation package - one that includes not only an increase in salary, but also targeted financial incentives. Educational excellence begins with the recruitment, retention and commitment of teachers who are passionate about educating our youth - the only future we have. I refuse to stand by idly as we lose good educators to other states in our region. Together with my colleagues in the legislature, we have made significant strides in bolstering education in recent years. However, we must do more, beginning this year I will begin an effort to increase teachers salaries to be regionally competitive.