July 28, 2009

Utah last in school spending

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Utah’s spends less money per student than any other state, according to Lisa Schencker of the Salt Lake Tribune. U.S. Census Bureau data shows a $4,000 gap between what Utah spends and the national average, a difference that’s been steadily growing over the past five years.

Critics say the trend means Utah has larger class sizes, fewer class choices, and fewer counselors, ultimately affecting the quality of student education. Others argue the tighter spending reflects more efficient spending.

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