Utah's schools received more than $1.8 billion last year, the private tax research organization Utah Foundation said Wednesday.

Of that, local public schools received $1.3 billion; the State Office of Education received $125 million and colleges and universities received almost $383 million, the foundation reported.About 79 percent of last year's education spending came from state and local taxes, while the balance came from sources such as federal aid, tuition and other charges for service, the foundation said.

Educational spending increased 8.8 percent during the year, while local school expenditures jumped by 8.6 percent, the report said. Spending for higher education jumped 9.5 percent.

That breaks down to $2,598 per student per year for public schools, and more than two-thirds of the current spending by local districts went for instruction purposes, including $514 million for salaries.