While Utah struggles consistently to finance education, the state is among those suffering least from the current recession.
Many states have had to cut education funding because of shortfalls created by the recession, according to a report created by the Education Commission of the States.The report shows that Utah is one of 14 states in which no drastic measures have been taken in reaction to recession-induced shortages. The others are Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Louisiana, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
At the other end of the spectrum are 15 states that have had serious shortfalls in education, requiring budget-cutting and other steps to retrench, the report says.
Those in most serious trouble are California, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Virginia.
The commission predicted that some states will take as long as five years to recover from the effects of the recession. The "lean" years will likely affect efforts at restructuring and reforming education, the report concluded.