Achieving the goal of quality public education for every child in Utah will require every one of us to take action. Take the time to learn, vote and act on behalf of our children's future. Understand key issues and decisions that impact Utah's education system, and make quality education a priority. Together, we can give kids a better education.
EVERY VOTE SHOULD COUNT
Count My Vote Citizens' Iinitiative
Currently, two percent of Utah’s voters—our delegates—select who the candidates will be, for you, for me, and for all Utah voters. Count my Vote wants us to have a choice between our current system and a direct primary election where you and I make our candidate selection for ourselves. More than 102,000 voters' signatures must be collected around the state to qualify for a spot on the November 2014 ballot and to allow us to vote on which we prefer – vote for ourselves, or delegate our vote to the 2% of other voters who are currently choosing for us . Read More
Latest Utah Foundation report highlights decline in Utah's funding effort for education
"The U.S. Census Bureau recently released data on education spending and revenue in each state for fiscal year 2009. Utah ranked last in the nation in per-pupil spending, a position it has held since 1988. This low ranking in per-pupil spending is in part the result of the high proportion of children to the general population in Utah. However, Utah Foundation has also noted that there has been a significant decline in the public education funding effort since 1995, a trend that, despite additional funds from the economic stimulus package and the recent state budget surplus, still continues."
Read the full report here.
The School Funding and Tax Policy Series Reports I-IV issued by Utahns for Public Schools (UTPS) highlights legislative policy changes that are responsible for Utah’s decline in Public Education funding effort. In addition, it is a warning that if these trends persist, they will continue to significantly limit funding to Public Education in the future. These research reports find that systemic, if not systematic, changes have occurred in the past decade that, if reversed, would bring more than a $1 billion in revenue back into Public Education. View reports...
What's going on in your school?
On this website, educators, parents and policymakers from all across the state are sharing what's already working in public schools—and sparking a conversation about how to make it work for children in every school. Join the conversation!
This site is your resource for information on education issues facing the state of Utah. We hope you will visit often and join our efforts to strengthen public schools and improve education for all Utah students.