Most Utah School Districts Have Less State Funding in 2016 than in 2008

Most Utah School Districts Have Less State Funding in 2016 than in 2008

Occasional Paper – Vol: 6

 

Approximately two-thirds (2/3) of Utah School Districts have less state funding per student in 2016 than they did in 2008. As indicated in the chart below, only fourteen school districts have equaled or exceeded the per-student funding of 2008.

While many assert that Utah has one of the most robust economies in the nation, that prosperity has not resulted in better funding for the majority of public schools and school districts. Limitations on the basic school levy (property taxes), income tax cut and the use of State revenue for other projects and priorities have resulted in these lower per student expenditures.