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BUDGET SHIFTS ARE PROPOSED

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The Utah School Finance Task Force has recommended several changes in the structure of education financing. They include:

- Moving the career ladder program into the basic school program section of the education budget, where it will be funded based on weighted-pupil units, thus allowing for growth.- Adopting a linear regression formula for deciding small school allocations.

- Adopting a more restrictive attendance accounting policy for adult high school programs and providing a flat grant to some districts to develop such programs.

- Imposing a 25 percent cap above previous year's WPU revenue on voted and board leeway levies.

- Providing funding for growing school districts, based on prior year's enrollment plus a count taken on Oct. 1 of the current year.

- Distributing transportation funds based on number of students in a district, population density, transportation miles driven and bus driving time.