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Op-ed: School Accountability Measures are a Reflection on All of Us

Read the Original Article Utah’s most recent school accountability results have just been released – using a new framework to provide a more in-depth picture of how students are doing in every school in the state. This framework informs both the policy debate at the legislature – as well as recent discussions at the local […]

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Why Fully Expanded Medicaid Matters

Are you currently healthy? Are you and your spouse able to work and provide for your family? Are your children healthy enough to focus and learn during the school day? Health is easily taken for granted until you or your loved one doesn’t have it anymore. For many Utahns, taking a sick day means losing […]

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And that’s a wrap!

The 2018 General Session ended Thursday and had us biting our nails to the end. Overall, children and families fared well this session. Here are some of the notable results: Thanks to all of your support, HB380 Utah School Readiness Initiative Amendments sponsored by Rep. Brad Last and Sen. Ann Millner PASSED! The final vote […]

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Paula Green Johnson: Recognizing a Decade of Service

by Paula Green Johnson Community Advocate With heartfelt appreciation, we recognize Paula Green Johnson for her 9½ years of service as a member of United Way of Salt Lake’s Board of Directors. Throughout her time on the Board, Paula served in numerous capacities: as Chair for both the Government and Ethics and Public Policy Committees, […]

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“Today was good, today was fun, tomorrow is another one”

by Rosemary Mitchell Community School Director This is the last thing that students at South Kearns Elementary hear at the end of every school day over the intercom. But on the last day of school, it didn’t hold true. Without a summer school program, most of our 340 students will not step foot in our […]

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A Reflection on My First Five Months as a UWSL Staff Member!

by Cherie Stater Corporate Engagement Advisor A little bit about me: My name is Cherie; I am a California native that moved to Utah in 2011. Before I left California, I spent five years working for United Way California Capital Region in Sacramento. Naturally when I moved to Utah, the first place I looked for […]

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What’s Up with the State School Board?

Emilia Comai Community and Advocacy Engagement Coordinator In the upcoming 2016 election, there will be eight State School Board races happening across the state. In those eight races, voters narrowed down the fields to two candidates each in June during the Primary Election. In case you haven’t heard, we’ve partnered with the Hinckley Institute of […]

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State and Local School Boards: How Do They Impact YOU?

by Elizabeth Garbe Senior Director of Government Relations and Public Policy Did you know that state and local school boards impact the trajectory of our state, our competitiveness, and our children? Primary ballots will be mailed out next week and there is a lot more at stake than what you think! While Trump, Hillary, and […]

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Staff Spotlight: Meet Blythe, Our New Web & Email Marketing Manager!

by Blythe Penn Website and Email Marketing Manager In January 2016, I began working with United Way of Salt Lake as the Website and Email Marketing Manager. Previous to this position, I lived in Central Virginia, where I worked as a Digital Marketing Manager for several small businesses. In that capacity I wore many hats–product […]

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The Earned Income Tax Credit is Important for Families!

by Greg McDonald Regional Coordinator of Earn It. Keep It. Save It. I have worked for the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program as a volunteer and now coordinator for a total of 15 years. This program helps hard working individuals and families who earn less than $54,000 a year prepare their taxes. One of the […]

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