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Report ranks Utah school funding

Published October 13, 2010 5:01 pm

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When it comes to education funding, Utah is near the top — and the bottom.

A new report out of the Education Law Center ranks each state on the fairness of various aspects of education funding measures including funding distribution, effort, funding level and coverage. And Utah seems to be either near the top or the bottom of the list on the various measures.

For example, the report ranks Utah No. 1 in the nation when it comes to distribution, which means the distribution of funding to school districts relative to student poverty.

But it gives Utah a grade of F when it comes to effort, which means the state's effort to fund schools based on the percentage of the state's Gross Domestic Product allocated to education.

I talked to various education officials about it, and they agreed that this is all, essentially, nothing we didn't already know.