Utah Public Education Financing and the State School Trust Fund


Because of Utah’s high birthrate, the state has, in percentage terms, the largest school-age population (ages 5-17) of any state in the nation. The flip-side of the coin is also true, Utah has the smallest percent of adults of working age (ages 18-64) of any state in the nation. These demographic facts make it very difficult to fund education at levels typical in other states. As a result, Utah has the largest class sizes and the lowest per pupil funding in the nation.

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