$200 million school tech plan abandoned in Utah budget

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Utah House and Senate leaders have finally come to an agreement on the state budget following a week’s-long impasse. The sticking point was primarily House Speaker Rebecca Lockhart’s proposed $200 million technological upgrade for public education. But that bill is now off the table.

House Speaker Rebecca Lockhart says the technology initiative would have required up to $50 million in ongoing revenue to make it worthwhile. But Senate leaders were unwilling to spend more than $26 million.

“I’ve long said that there is only one thing worse than not doing it and that’s doing it wrong or doing it with not enough to do it right,” Lockhart says.

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