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School districts not accountable for how tax money is spent

School districts not accountable for how tax money is spent



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Tom Callan, KSL Newsradio State and local school districts have lost all accountability on whether your tax dollars are being spent to reduce class size.

Senate President John Valentine says local school districts co-mingled the state money to cut class sizes with their general funds. "The penalties were removed, unfortunately, in 2006," he explained.

Valentine says the idea was to give local school districts some flexibility, adding that 1,100 new teachers a year were hired to shrink classes—that's two teachers per time period.

But, what does that mean? "Now, we were trained to get an understanding of what that ‘two teachers' meant, but we could never fully understand that."

He says the upcoming legislative session will decide whether local districts should account for how the money is spent.

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