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SALT LAKE CITY -- Gov. Gary Herbert says the root of the Jordan School District budget dilemma is the district split.
"The split has not worked very well," Herbert said. "I think that everybody would acknowledge that in this split one side was not able to participate in the vote, and to their disadvantage economically, it has really caused a lot of grief."
The Jordan School District lost significant funding after its eastern half seceded and formed the Canyons District. The split was the subject of much contention of late and sparked House Bill 292, which proposed equalization of property tax funds among the district. The bill failed in a House committee Wednesday.
Now Jordan faces mass layoffs of 500 employees, including 250 teachers, which has sparked protests and a student walkout.
The governor is urging members of both districts to work together to find a solution.