Republican Utah Gov. Spencer Cox signed school choice legislation into law Saturday, providing families funds to send their children to private schools.
HB 215 Funding for Teacher Salaries and Optional Education Opportunities, sponsored by Rep. Candice Pierucci (R-Herriman) will provide eligible families $8,000 scholarships for more education options and give licensed educators a $6,000 pay raise according to KSL.com. The school choice program is known as the Utah Fits All Scholarship Program.
In 2022, Gov. Cox threatened to veto a similar bill according to the Deseret News, but it failed in the House before it could move forward.
A rally was held for the bill on Capitol Hill with over 1500 students and parents Jan. 24. There was also an opposition rally on Jan. 23 according to KSL News Radio.