By Associated Press - Friday, November 11, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah’s public schools have grown by more 10,500 students this year.

The Deseret News reports ( ) that the Jordan School District and others across the state are looking for ways to accommodate new growth.

According to numbers released by the State Board of Education Thursday, Utah’s approximately 1,085 public schools have added 10,580 students in 2016, bringing the total enrollment to 644,476. That’s a 1.67 percent increase over last year’s enrollment.

The board’s public relations director, Mark Peterson, says enrollment growth was even greater historically, reaching 3 percent in 2006. He says it has remained flat in recent years, likely because of the Great Recession, a time when families held off on having as many kids.

He says Utah ranks last among states in per pupil funding, causing concern about future growth.


Information from: Deseret News,

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