Our Schools Now

2018 Utah Education Funding Bigger Than Ever

Mar 15, 2018

The 2018 Utah legislative session is over, with "historic" school funding approved. However, the impacts on the Park City School District, along with new equalization measures, will take a few more weeks to sort out. Carolyn Murray has this:

UtahPolicy.com published an update on Monday as it follows the negotiations between Our Schools Now advocates and lawmakers.  In this final week of the Utah legislative session, they’re discussing a proposal that could pump $300 million into Utah schools every year. Carolyn Murray has this:

The fiscal picture for Utah shows a $500-million budget surplus. The money will be allocated towards salaries and construction projects. There’s another surplus of $25 to $80 million coming from the federal tax overhaul. Local school district officials hope education funding will receive some. Carolyn Murray has this:

Utah lawmakers are in session for the fifth week and education bills are plentiful. The legislature is also facing a handful of potential ballot measures that would increase school funding along with other important citizen-initiated bills.  Carolyn Murray has this:

The "Our Schools Now" initiative looks very likely to gather enough signatures to be on the November ballot.  If it passes, it would increase school funding by roughly $700 million a year. Carolyn Murray has this:

KPCW heard recently from a representative of Our Schools Now which is backing an initiative to boost education funding in Utah. In reaction to that, however, Rep, Tim Quinn (R) said he's wary of the proposal that would mess too much with the state's income taxes. Rick Brough has more.

On June 6th, business leaders and classroom teachers filed the Teacher and Student Success Act with the Lt. Governor’s office.  This launches a ballot initiative to raise taxes to raise per pupil school funding. Carolyn Murray has more:

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The Utah Education Association President lives in Park City and after a year in the role, she’s still confident they’ll find ways to improve all of Utah’s school districts.  Carolyn Murray has more:

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A group of Utah business leaders are considering an end-run around the Utah legislature, which isn't make state lawmakers very happy. Leslie Thatcher explains.