Although the editorial "Pay now or later: Education funding can save welfare, prison costs" (Our View, May 19) draws attention to important issues regarding Hispanic learners, I suggest a different focus.

Having worked primarily with Hispanic learners as a teacher and then as an advocate for almost nine years, I am convinced how bright, intelligent and talented this student population is as a whole.

Therefore, it might be wiser to focus on how to better prepare educators to be effective with Hispanic learners, whether they speak English or not, than to assume that it is the Hispanic learners who need remedial programs.

Barbara (McCauley) Lovejoy
Salt Lake City