Money for Utah school equalization shifted to tech initiative

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

A hijacking of sorts occurred in the Utah Senate Tuesday.

Senators approved taking perhaps hundreds of millions of dollars that were targeted to help equalize funding for schools around the state over the next four years, and earmarked it instead for a drive pushed by House Speaker Becky Lockhart to put more technology in schools.

Lockhart was surprised by the move, and said she views it as a property tax hike that she opposes. She would rather have funding come from transportation, which the senator behind the "hijacking" says he wants to protect. It comes as the House and Senate are negotiating the annual budget.

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