The pervasive attitude on the first day of school is optimism. Children, parents and teachers all generally see the start of a school year as a beginning, an opportunity to improve, a chance to learn more, teach more and prepare for a better future. That's the way it should be.
However, in Utah, teachers and children face unique challenges. State lawmakers too often put other budget priorities - transportation comes to mind - ahead of public education. It seems conservative legislators expend more effort trying to siphon education funds to private schools than increasing revenue streams for public schools.
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