Public education budget recommendations: 4% boost to per-student funding, $100 million for teacher retention

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SALT LAKE CITY — The value of the weighted pupil unit, the basic building block of public education funding in Utah, would be boosted 4% under the latest recommendations of the Utah Legislature’s Public Education Appropriations Subcommittee.

That’s slightly less than the 4.5% increase recommended by Gov. Gary Herbert and the 6% request by school boards, including the Utah State Board of Education and the Utah Education Association.

On the other hand, the budget recommendations approved by the subcommittee on Tuesday included funding for many initiatives that are priorities to state education officials such as $18.6 million for optional expanded kindergarten, $10 million for preschool through third grade learning, and $10 million for a grant program to mentor and train new and aspiring school principals.

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