AM News Brief

May 27, 2021 (KUER)

Utah is no longer last in the country in per-student spending, according to the latest census data on public education funding. But the state has gotten worse in it’s funding effort compared to previous years — that is, how much money the state spends on education relative to personal income. But rather than compare Utah to other states, Shawn Teigen with Utah Foundation said a better strategy is to look at the gaps between students within the state, like the differences in graduation rates for White and Asian students compared to Latino, Pacific Islander and Black students. Teigen said the state should be focused on closing those gaps. Listen to the audio clip, here.

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