Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1983-12-021
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O Weber State College v ' U f l V Good luck on your finals! Vol. 44 No. 19 Friday, December 2, 1983 G u u S150 Million Needed to Improve Education by Rae Dawn Olbert Managing Editor , is 5 V, viM. Signpost photoGrove Pashley Weber's Darryle McDaniel (right) fights for the season against Eastern Washington position under Weber's basket. The University last night. See the game story on Wildcats won their third straight game of page six. Community members were urged to support a $150 million tax increase for improved education in Utah last Wednesday night at a town meeting. Board of Regents member LaMar Buckner stressed the importance of higher education joining forces with public education and presenting a " united front" to the legislature in order to receive the needed money. The $150 million, with $40 million allocated for improvements in higher education and the remaining $110 million being used to upgrade elementary and secondary education, would have to come from new taxes or increased taxes on existing ones, explained State Representative and steering committee spokesman Ron Stephens. The committee was appointed by Governor Scott M. Matheson to study education in Utah and make recommendations on how to improve the existing standards at all levels. Committee suggestions for the needed money included implementing one or more of the following taxes: an individual income tax, a one percent increase in corporate income tax, an increase of one percent on oil and gas taxes, a one mill increase in property taxes, a one-half percent sales tax increase, a sales tax on non-medical professional services and a five percent sales tax on soft drinks. The taxes would generate the revenue needed to implement the committee's recommendations to improve Utah education. These recommendations include raising higher education salaries to stop the loss of . highly qualified faculty, staff, technicians, and administrators; setting resident tuition at one-fourth to one-third of full instructional costs, and admit ting only those students who are academically prepared and for whom a quality education can be provided with the funds appropriated. The major issue at the meeting was how to re-organize the pay plan for teachers. Buckner said he found teacher's salaries to be "shockingly low" and pointed out that the starting salary for a public school teacher is $13,700 per year, while the starting salary for a graduate in any other field, fresh out of college is $18,500. Echoing Buckner's sentiments about low teacher salaries, Stephens said that he didn't understand how when a railroad worker is out of a job for three months, he is laid off, but when a teacher is in the same situation, he is taking a vacation.Stephens outlined the plan of the committee in dealing with low teacher Salaries, which was to use a career ladder to reward deserving teachers. The ladder has four levels: the teacher level, for post-graduates to gain experience; the professional teacher; the senior teacher; and the leader teacher. The ladder stresses promotion for performance with increased responsibility and pay at each level. Another area of education the committee feels needs to be improved is the curriculum. They feel more emphasis needs to be placed on the "basics: " math, English, history and science, with art, music and foreign languages coming second. Extracurricular activities such as sports came last in the committee's concerns. Stephens said that extra-curricular activities should "find their place," and be participated in only after school hours. Other recommendations from the steering committee include better coordination of vocational and see "Education" on page 3. WSC Fauclty Remains Loyal In Spite of Low Salaries by Michael Bouy Signature Editor "I am personally very disturbed," said WSC President Rodney H. Brady, "to have to ask faculty members to work harder when I know they are substantially underpaid." Resentment against low salaries and expanding work loads is a growing issue among Weber State faculty. Despite the resentment, there is strong campus loyalty among WSC educators, who recognize it is state and not local authorities who areresponsible. Comments solicited from professors across the campus have revealed a common consensus: dissatisfaction and resentment against low salaries, loyalty to the administration and campus, unity in approaching the legislature, and little or no chance of unionizing to get reforms. "I highly resent the fact that an airline flight attendant earns more money than I do when I have earned a Ph. D. and work much harder." WSC Professor And President Brady has anticipated and apparently understands these sentiments; he has taken a frontline stand to work for reforms in education. Instructors and staff at Weber have not been very vocal in expressing their grudge to the administration, although they discuss the matter often between themselves. For many, a low salary means seeking outside income, by either themselves or their wives working part-time. Dr. Brady said that this distracts from classroom effectiveness. Many teachers throughout the state have left higher education. Chase Petersen, president of the University of Utah, stated that up to 25 percent of his faculty has been lost to institutions outside of Utah. The percentage for Weber State is not known. see "Salaries" on page 2.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1983-12-02, Vol. 44, No. 19|
|Creator||Weber State College|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber College|
|Description||Weber's current student newspaper, the Signpost, first appeared on September 29, 1937. For two years prior to that time, campus news was disseminated via announcements posted on a bulletin board known as the "Signpost". As a result, the masthead of the first issue of the paper itself featured a rudimentary wooden sign with the title spelled out in rustic-looking letters. Over the years the paper has been published continuously, though the look, size and style has changed several times.|
|Subject||College student newspapers and periodicals; Weber State College|
|Publisher Digital||Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Source||University Archives LD5893.W55 S5, Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Rights Management||Public Domain. Courtesy of University Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University.|