An Educated Population
Education is essential for our future. Knowledge is the key to being able to handle life's choices and problems. It's also the key to good jobs—both for individuals and for our state as a whole.
Utah has a unique educational challenge because we have more children than any other state. That means there are fewer taxpayers to fund each child's education. Nevertheless, because we're good at doing more with less, and because we value education highly, we've had remarkable success.
But challenges loom before us. Educational performance indicators in Utah are dropping compared to other places in the United States and beyond. Not enough of us are graduating from high school. And our graduation rates among certain demographic groups, like Hispanics, are far below what they need to be. As those demographic groups grow in the future, will they receive the education they need to participate in a strong economy? Will good educational opportunities be available for everyone? Will we teach our children the skills they'll need for the jobs of tomorrow? And can we do all this in a way that is affordable?