FY 2016 Appropriation

In FY 2011, the Legislature appropriated a flexible source of funding for school districts and charter schools to assist in managing budget reductions and the tight economy. The state funding appropriated through this program is distributed to school districts and charter schools based on their overall share of Weighted Pupil Units. As the state emerges from its budget down-turn, these funds may be designated for a specific purpose as determined by the Legislature.

Funding History

Funding Issues

Professional Development: At Risk Math

Funding will provide professional development services for teachers in grades 4-8 in mathematics content and pedagogy. Students at-risk of failing will be supported with learning interventions.

Targeted Professional Learning Initiative

Funding to provide up to three professional development days, at the rate of $8 million per day. Funding will be distributed to LEAs using a Base Plus formula to provide for an equitable distribution. Schools will be required to apply for funding through a competitive grant process that includes an accountability and evaluation plan.

Transportation Initiative

Provide funding to LEAs to replace dirty-diesel school buses with new alternative fuel school buses. Funding will also assist in upgrading fueling infrastructure and school shop retrofits with a 50 percent match.
Appropriation Overview

During the 2015 General Session, the Legislature appropriated for Fiscal Year 2016, $23,106,600 from all sources for Flexible Allocation - WPU Distribution. This is a 0 percent change from Fiscal Year 2015 revised estimated amounts from all sources. The total includes $23,106,600 from the General/Education Funds, a change of 0 percent from revised Fiscal Year 2015 estimates.

Appropriation Adjustments

In addition to statewide compensation and internal service fund cost increases, the following appropriation adjustments were made during the 2015 General Session:

DescriptionOngoingOne-Time Flexible Allocation$2,800,000 ($2,800,000)
OngoingOne-TimeFinancing Source
$2,800,000$0Education Fund
$0 ($2,800,000)Education Fund, One-time
Savings from the enactment of HB0119. Appropriated ongoing, but backed-out one-time in FY 2016.

Intent Language

HB0002: Item 2

The Legislature intends that the State Board of Education review the Pupil Transportation Allocation Formula and recommend ways to improve the formula to increase efficiency, simplify allocation methodology to school districts, and provide incentives for alternative transportation methods. The Legislature further intends that the State Board of Education report its recommendations to the Education Interim Committee and the Public Education Appropriations Subcommittee by October 31, 2015.

HB0002: Item 2

The Legislature intends that the State Board of Education and State Board of Regents provide joint recommendations on how to ensure that each concurrent enrollment course is taught by a qualified instructor, that credits earned by students count towards major and minor degree requirements at state colleges and universities, and that students are advised on the transferability of credits to private and out of state institutions. The Legislature also intends that these recommendations be reported to the Education Interim Committee and the Public Education Appropriations Committee by October 31, 2015.

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COBI contains unaudited data as presented to the Legislature by state agencies at the time of publication. For audited financial data see the State of Utah's Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports.