Utah legislators should "become missionaries" in seeking increased federal funding for Utah's schoolchildren, said Rep. Kim Burningham, R-Bountiful.

"We are the lowest of all 51 units (states and the District of Columbia)," Burningham said during a discussion of House Concurrent Resolution No. 4 Tuesday on the House floor.Utah receives annually $130 per student, compared with the national average of $207. "Alaska received seven times what we do," Burningham said.

Burningham said the formulas used to determine how much each state receives are based on census figures, which can be as many as 10 years old.

If Utah received the national average, it would boost the state's education budget by $35 million to $40 million annually, he said.

The resolution passed 72-0 and was forwarded to the Senate for further consideration.