Utah’s Education article reflects some of the tensions and religious conflicts of the state’s territorial past, as well as the struggles in its first century of statehood to provide adequate schools for a burgeoning school population. During the territorial period, Utah’s “common” schools were poorly financed, often held in Mormon church buildings, and marked by a curriculum liberally sprinkled with Mormon religious doctrine. Few had any tax revenues to provide financial stability; most depended on tuition paid by parents.46 Despite the pleas for school...
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