By Nicole Warburton and Tiffany Erickson Deseret Morning News
Education is likely to receive an unprecedented $527.9 million in funding under a budget deal announced this afternoon by House and Senate leadership. Under the deal, public education will receive $459.5 million. Higher education will receive $68.4 million. "This level of funding for education is both historic and necessary," Senate President John Valentine, R-Orem, said in a statement. "Both students and teachers win. When the session began we made education our number one priority and we have followed through and put education first."