Education – 2018 Legislative Session

The Legislature provided $294 million in new ongoing funding for the K-12-education system, a 7.8 percent increase from the 2018 appropriated budget. Among other things, this new funding will support enrollment growth, local decisions about increases in teachers’ compensation, additional support for students at risk of academic failure, greater access to technology for instructional purposes, expansion of the Dual Language Immersion program and access to school counseling services.

The Legislature provided $79 million in new ongoing funding for the postsecondary-education systems, a 7.7 percent increase from the 2018 appropriated budget. Among other things, this new funding will support enrollment growth, efforts to further align educational offerings with workforce demands and efforts to knock down barriers to graduation.

The Legislature provided $96 million for the construction or renovation of five postsecondary-education facilities: Davis Technical College Allied Health Building, Mountainland Technical College Technology and Trades Building, the Utah State University Biological and Natural Resources Building, the Snow College Athletics Building, and the Dixie State University Science Building.