A special session will be convened on May 18 in order to address education funding items vetoed by the governor following the 2016 General Session. The special session will look at restoring funding for the following initiatives:
- $1.5 million ongoing Education Funding, plus intent for an additional $500,000 TANF for UPSTART, an early education initiative targeted toward individualized reading, mathematics and science curriculum.
- $275,000 one-time Education Funding for ProStart, a culinary arts program that provides career training and certifications for high school students.
- $500,000 ongoing Education Funding for Elementary Reading Assessment Tools, a statewide assessment tool used to enhance the evaluation of early education programs.
- $3 million one-time Education Funding for K3 Early Intervention, a program which addresses early reading through the use of interactive reading software.
- $500,000 one-time Education Funding for IT Academy, a program that provides opportunities for high school students to obtain basic to advanced certifications in software and network administration, which helps them gain employment after high school.
A concurrent resolution will also be considered during the special session opposing the unilateral use of the Antiquities Act and designation of a national monument in Utah by the Obama Administration.
The special session will be called in conjunction with the regularly scheduled interim meetings.
Additional information about the vetoed bills can be found here.