Fiscal Highlights - November 2016
Access to High Quality Schools -
Hector R. Zumaeta Santiago ( PDF)|
During the 2016 General Session, the Utah State Legislature appropriated $11 Million for 3 years (total of $33 million) of TANF reserve from the Department of Workforce Services for Access to High Quality School Readiness Programs. This appropriation was made as part of Senate Bill 101.
High Quality School Readiness Programs are programs that target the reduction of Intergenerational Poverty through education funding. These programs provide Intergenerational Poverty scholarships to eligible students -- students who are experiencing intergenerational poverty, are 4 years of age or younger, and have not been matriculated in preschool to allow them to have access to High Quality Schools.
The State Board of Education performs Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale Assessments, as well as school visits, to determine if a school is a High-Quality School. Once that determination is made, applications are sent to the families of eligible students who reside in that area. This has led to regions such as Salt Lake City and Cedar City having a large concentration of these programs and scholarships.
Preliminary evaluations have been recorded at the start of the school year (August) and the students will be re-evaluated at the end of the school year (June). These performance measures will be ready for presentation by the Fall of 2017.
These programs continue Utah's efforts at reducing intergenerational poverty, an initiative that has been highlighted across the country
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