- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 29, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah Gov. Gary Herbert is calling for lawmakers to set aside $4.5 million for science, math and technology programs in schools.

Herbert made the announcement during his annual State of the State speech Wednesday evening.

Lawmakers last year poured $10 million into such programs.

Herbert is also proposing about $62 million in teacher raises, which would be the largest increase in five years, and another $2 million to bolster job counseling for high school students.

Herbert is also asking for more accountability for teachers and school officials as the state copes with growing class sizes.

Education was again the top priority in Herbert’s December budget proposal.

The governor called in that proposal for more than $260 million in new public and higher education spending.