‘Year of the Teacher’: Cox proposes ‘historic’ funding, pay raises for Utah educators

In this August 2021 file photo, Utah Gov. Spencer Cox speaks during a COVID-19 news conference Aug. 31, 2021, in Salt Lake City, Utah | Photo by Rick Bowmer/Associated Press, St. George News

KAYSVILLE — Utah Gov. Spencer Cox said that as a teenager, he struggled with suicide ideation. It was teachers who pulled him out of that dark pit and saw something in him when he couldn’t see it himself.

“They could’ve been making more money. They could’ve been doing other things, but they cared,” Cox said, his voice cracking with emotion.

Cox on Thursday announced that his fiscal year 2024 budget — which was partially released Thursday — will include a “historic investment in education,” to the tune of $1.5 billion.

Speaking about his appreciation of teachers, Cox said that his budget would provide every K-12 teacher and school-based teacher specialist in the Beehive State $6,000 in additional compensation annually.

Read the full story here: KSL News.

Written by LOGAN STEFANICH, KSL.com.

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