For over a decade, the Legislature has annually provided a sum of one-time funding to reimburse school teachers for out-of-pocket expenditures on classroom supplies and materials. Funds are divided among school teachers based on grade-level and experience, with teachers in lower-grades and less experience receiving more funds. Each year, the Legislature includes intent language in the appropriations bill detailing the distribution formula.
During the 2015 General Session, the Legislature appropriated for Fiscal Year 2016, $6,000,000 from all sources for Teacher Supplies and Materials. This is a 20 percent increase from Fiscal Year 2015 revised estimated amounts from all sources. The total includes $6,000,000 from the General/Education Funds, an increase of 20 percent from revised Fiscal Year 2015 estimates.
In addition to statewide compensation and internal service fund cost increases, the following appropriation adjustments were made during the 2015 General Session:
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.
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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.
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.