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Utah Legislature To Utah School Kids: New Study Shows Dismal 30 Year Neglect!

February 25, 2019

As they brag about Utah being 'the education state', read the real facts in the 2019 Utah Children's Budget Report. The report tells a shocking tale of disregard for Utah's school children--over a generation. A very different story from the Supermajority Republicans political machine tale:


*Utah's overall K-12 education budget dropped in 2018 by $41 million dollars.


*Astonishingly, K-12 per-pupil spending decreased by 1.9 percent in the 2017-18 fiscal year, and although Utah has experienced economic expansion over the last nine years recovering from the Great Recession, per-pupil spending is still 1.3 percent lower than the pre-recession, Huntsman-era peak.


*For more than 30 years Utah has ranked 50th nationally for per-pupil education spending, often falling directly behind Idaho.


*According to the report, in order to beat Idaho for 49th place, Utah would have needed to budget an additional $129,314,784 for the 2016 fiscal year, the most recent year U.S. Census data is available.


*According to the report, in education funding, the state has failed to keep up with inflation, which amounted to 17 percent over the past nine years.


*Additionally, there was a 4.1 percent drop in funding for child welfare and a 10.5 percent decrease in juvenile justice funding between 2008 and 2018.


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