State Board Wants $16M to Help Math Elementary Students

State Board Wants $16M to Help Math Elementary Students

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CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) -- Some of Utah's math students may soon get some extra help.

The Utah State Board of Education wants 16 (M)million dollars to help students in fourth, fifth and sixth grades who are not performing at a high level of proficiency in math.

About four-point-three (M)million dollars of the requested math initiative funds would go toward professional development. Which would increase teachers' skills, abilities and understanding of math.

In total, the Utah State Office of Education has already identified more than 40 (M)million dollars in recommended requests for fiscal year 2007. That doesn't include the millions needed for enrollment growth and a W-P-U (weighted pupil unit) increase.

State agencies are expected to forward all budget requests by September to the governor's office of planning and budget.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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