Gov. Gary Herbert has called a special legislative session for next week to approve $101 million in federal aid to cash-strapped school districts. Legislators will meet Wednesday to authorize districts to receive the federal money. About half of it will be used to cover a budget shortfall created because tax collections haven’t met the projected levels. The remainder will be distributed to school districts based on a formula.
Conservative Republican lawmakers had argued the state should refuse the federal money. But Congress structured the law in such a way that if the state rejected the funding, the U.S. Department of Education could send the money directly to Utah school districts. Salt Lake Tribune