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Identifying a problem, most often, is easier than solving it.

So far, it appears the coalition of business leaders Governor Leavitt called together last June to do an independent, critical evaluation of the State’s educational system has, indeed, identified the problem, and it isn’t pretty.

KSL appreciates the coalition’s first conclusion: teachers are not the problem. In fact, considering what they’re given to work with, teachers, generally, are heroes.

Still, the coalition, led by Fraser Bullock, has concluded Utah students, generally, are not adequately trained in basic academic skills and are not prepared to enter the workforce. In short, the State is paying a hefty price for a low investment in education.

With current growth projections, along with national and local requirements to achieve certain standards, the problem will only get worse unless the State alters its priorities and begins directing more resources toward meeting the educational needs of her children.

That is the essence of the coalition’s findings.

Now comes the challenge for the coalition members of developing, as charged, "strategic recommendations to ensure a quality education system."

KSL, along with all Utahns concerned about children will be anxiously awaiting the coalition’s report due by year’s end. It has the potential to be a milestone in the history of Utah education.

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